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Meet our Fall intern, Molly!

Hi, my name is Molly Deneen and I am the new intern at Generation Hope!

I am a freshman at American University studying psychology and I am very excited to join the team. I hope to gain real world experience working in an office and to help Generation Hope grow as an organization. I want to get to know the Scholars, Sponsors, and my fellow co-workers and to further myself as both a student and a human being. 

"A Morning for you"

Michelle Neyland of “Find My Balance Yoga” cares deeply about health and wellness as she recognizes that we “...spend so much time in the world of doing and don’t often get time to ourselves to be reflective and quiet.” A fellow William and Mary alumna, Michelle was inspired by an article on Generation Hope Founder & CEO, Nicole Lynn Lewis, in the alumni magazine, “I immediately felt an affinity to her [Nicole] and was really proud to read about all she’s done.” Michelle combined her love for wellness with her philanthropic heart and is holding “A Morning For You” on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th (choose the morning that works best for you!) in Falls Church, Virginia. A portion of the proceeds will go back to Generation Hope and help more teen parents to complete college.

“A Morning For You” is a unique retreat for women which includes:

  • A restorative yoga class taught by Michelle of Find My Balance Yoga (RYT-200)

  • Gorgeous custom makeup by certified makeup artist Lyndsay Toliver

  • A flattering portrait session with three digital photos for you to keep by photographer Melissa Jessell from MPresPhotos.com.

Learn more and snag your spot today! http://www.findmybalance.org/

Interested in holding an event for Generation Hope? Contact Development & Events Manager, Jesseca Myers, at 571-318-9837 or jesseca@supportgenerationhope.org.

For more information on Find My Balance Yoga and to check out their awesome yoga and coaching packages, please visit http://www.findmybalance.org/about.html.

Meet our new Program Coordinator, Jamila!

As a Marymount University graduate and an alumni of the Generation Hope program, I understand the importance of educational attainment to create a better future for our children.

At the age of nineteen and a sophomore in college, I found myself pregnant and unemployed. I remember hiding my pregnancy from family and being so ashamed. Becoming pregnant and dropping out of college was a trend in my family. Finding out I was pregnant while in college was a disappointment because I knew the assumption for me to drop out of class would now be put on me.

After telling my family, I knew I needed to make some changes in order for me to raise my precious bundle of joy, and continue college. I moved back home and completed my last two semesters from Savannah College of Art and Design online. I applied for multiple jobs a day while simultaneously completing assignments, quizzes, and tests. I also meet with local school counselors that had my program of study.

After having my daughter Skye in April of 2012, I landed a job in the government part-time and was able to transfer my college credits to Marymount University in Arlington,Va. I studied day in and day out while feeding, bathing, and changing my daughter. It was stressful and exhausting, but rewarding to know that my child would have a better future when I received my degree.

I became a scholar of the Generation Hope program beginning my senior year of college. Generation Hope has provided me with an abundance of motivation, love and support. I was also inspired and moved to learn the stories of other scholars. Each scholar had a different story; some subtle and some harsh. What they all had in common, however, was the drive to succeed. Everyone supports everyone!  

After graduating with a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising in May 2015, I became passionate about giving back to Generation Hope and am excited to be their new Program Coordinator! I am looking forward to helping other expectant teen parents rewrite their story.

 

Jamila and her cute little munchkin :)

Jamila and her cute little munchkin :)

Welcome Kadiata Toumbou, our summer intern!

Hi! My name is Kadiata Toumbou and I am Generation Hope’s Summer Program Intern! I am from Washington, DC and am currently attending Grinnell College studying Biological Chemistry with an interest in Education policy.

I know many languages including French, English, Pular, Woolf and am currently learning Arabic. I would love to become a world traveler, because I love learning about and immersing myself in new cultures. When I was in elementary school I lived in Amman, Jordan for about 2 years. After college, I hope to get my masters in public health then join the peace corps, and continue my studies on to medical school. I’ve seen the importance of education in society, and the impact that it can have in people’s lives. Education is the key that opens the door of opportunity in our society. I am excited to work with Generation Hope who is fighting and supporting groups that are typically overlooked in our society. Generation Hope is a life-changing organization that empowers and inspires hope in people around them. I am excited to be apart of that change and work alongside an inspiring group of people. I am thankful for having the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization during the summer. 

Summer Intern Kadiata having fun while helping us get ready for our gala on 6/24 :)

Summer Intern Kadiata having fun while helping us get ready for our gala on 6/24 :)