Mission, Values + History


Generation Hope surrounds motivated teen parents and their children with the mentors, emotional support, and financial resources that they need to thrive in college and kindergarten, thereby driving a two-generation solution to poverty.


All teen parents and their children are empowered to create a better future for themselves, our community, and our world.


  • Support: Generation Hope surrounds our Scholars and their children with a network of individuals who invest in them emotionally and financially because we know that anyone can succeed when someone believes in them.

  • Acceptance: Generation Hope fosters a nonjudgmental culture that welcomes, accepts, and respects all people, knowing that teen parents and their children are often stigmatized.

  • Family: Generation Hope supports, sustains, and is responsible to one another and celebrates family in all its forms.

  • Education: Generation Hope believes that educational growth and
    development leads to a future of endless possibilities.



Nicole and her daughter at Nicole's graduation from the College of William & Mary in 2003

Nicole and her daughter at Nicole's graduation from the College of William & Mary in 2003

Generation Hope began in March 2010 when Nicole Lynn Lewis, a former teen mother who attended the College of William & Mary while raising her infant daughter, decided to put her dream of helping more teen parents beat the odds in motion.  She envisioned an organization that would encourage and support other teen parents in their pursuit of a college degree.  Nicole's life -- and her daughter's life -- was truly transformed by graduating from college, and she wanted to help others realize their full potential and obtain stable and successful futures.

Fueled by this passion, by November 2010, the organization was in full gear with two staff members, an eight-person Board of Directors, and filed Articles of Incorporation. The organization's official kick-off event took place on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Generation Hope is in its sixth year of program services and has already been featured by CNNThe Washington Post , "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," and "The Steve Harvey Show" for its innovative work.  We have provided emotional and financial support to 170 teen parents as they pursue their college degrees.  We have also reached over 1,000 expecting and parenting teens through college-readiness workshops in schools, churches, and organizations across the D.C. Metro area.  Lastly, our Hope Conference provides a day-long intensive academic, professional, and life skills training for current Scholars.    

When asked in an interview with NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in May 2012 what Nicole would tell young parents who were watching, she said, "It's not so much about what's happened.  It's about what are you going to do now?"

Generation Hope is helping D.C. area teen parents answer that question.  We hope you will join us in this rewarding work.