Hello! My name is Michelle Avelino and I am a new team member at Generation Hope. I am so excited to begin my work as the Volunteer & Outreach Associate and to be able to get to know the AMAZING Generation Hope team, Scholars, volunteers, Sponsors, and board members. I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and moved to the East Coast in 2014. I graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & History. I am passionate about the mission of Generation Hope because my mom was a teen parent and in fact hid me during her pregnancy. My birth story has become a family legend as my mom was brought to the hospital for appendicitis but instead came out with me. My mom knew she was pregnant but she was scared to let her family know that she had become pregnant in college with a guy she barely knew. She and my grandparents had recently immigrated from the Philippines in hopes of a better life, and it was not how they had pictured how things would turn out. Nonetheless, it was my mom and grandparents that raised me and instilled the value of a college education. I feel so blessed to be able to join the team and help further the mission and values of Generation Hope. In a way, I feel it is an opportunity for me to give back to my mom and grandparents for all that they sacrificed and instilled in me. I look forward to meeting everyone and am grateful to be a new addition to the Generation Hope family.