Generation Hope continually welcomes collaboration with other programs and nonprofits. By encouraging partnerships, our Scholars are provided with the necessities as well as opportunities to secure a healthy life for themselves and for their children. Not only do our Scholars benefit from the help of our community partners, but also potential Scholars are often recruited from the college-readiness workshops that Generation Hope provides in schools and organizations.
Our workshops provide expecting and parenting teens with the necessary resources to apply for college and bring awareness to our organization. In the past, we have conducted workshops at high schools and nonprofits such as: Northwestern High School, Mountain View High School, Next Steps Charter School, Clarksburg High School and organizations such as the Howard County Teen Parent Program, Community Lodgings, Alternative House/Assisting Young Mothers Program, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families, Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting, Arlington County Teen Parenting Program, DC Public School New Heights Program, and A Wider Circle.
To bring more awareness to our organization, we have partnered with DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, a nonprofit that advocates for youth, including teen parents. To provide our Scholars with necessities, we connected them with DC Diaper Bank and DC Lawyers for Youth.
Part of our mission includes the continuous emphasis on education, even for Scholars’ children. Recently we collaborated with Dream Dogs/Nurturing Parent Program to help Scholars learn how to interact with their children and make reading fun!
In addition Generation Hope’s CEO, Nicole Lynn Lewis has also helped to inspire teen parents by going to Bell Multicultural High School and other locations to discuss her book, Glori. Our community partner, Pen/Faulkner Foundation, is a group that promotes literacy by bringing local authors into DC public schools.
Lastly, another type of partnership is one that allows us to fundraise and recruit Sponsors/volunteers. We work with Young Education Professionals DC, DC Diverse Partners Network, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. Without our community partners, Generation Hope would not be what it is today. Thank you, community partners!
-- Jenny Ho, Program Intern