Six years ago this month, I embarked on a life-changing journey to start Generation Hope. People told me how much work it would be and the challenges of getting a nonprofit up and running, but no one could have prepared me for how rewarding it has truly been.
Generation Hope has grown from supporting seven teen mothers in college in 2011 with the mentoring, tuition support, and case management that they needed to thrive to now serving 65 teen mothers and fathers across the region. Eight teen mothers have earned bachelor's degrees through our program, and 12 more will graduate this May. And there is more growth on the horizon. We are now recruiting our sixth Scholar class, bringing the number of Scholars in our program to 80-85.
I've met amazing young parents and inspiring supporters along the way.
March is also my birthday month. On Saturday, I'll be 36 years old, and my birthday wish is that we would receive enough gifts in honor of my birthday to send 36 of our Scholars (our newest class of students) to our annual gala, "Pep Rally Under the Stars", on June 24th. "Pep Rally Under the Stars" is an evening of inspiration and celebration that communicates to our students that a room full of people believe in their potential. And there is no limit to what we can do when someone simply believes in us.
Tickets to the gala are $135, but a gift of any amount will help us reach this goal. If you can find a way to make a donation today, it will change a young parent's life -- and their child's life.
Thank you so much and happy spring!