About Generation Hope

We believe in the potential of teen parents

Reducing poverty one family at a time by providing direct sponsorships and one-on-one mentoring to teen parents who are pursuing college degrees in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.

Generation Hope is the only community-based nonprofit organization solely focused on college completion for teen parents in the D.C. area and is a rarity across the United States.   In fact, Generation Hope's founder was named a 2014 CNN Hero and the organization has been recognized by The Washington Post, "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," and "The Steve Harvey Show" for its innovative work.  

College Access and One-on-One Mentoring

Generation Hope 2015 Annual Report

Generation Hope 2015 Annual Report

Founded in 2010, Generation Hope selects teen mothers and teen fathers who have displayed academic achievement and a desire to go to college to become Scholars in the Generation Hope Scholar Program. Teen parents are often dismissed by school officials and others when it comes to their potential to pursue higher education.  Generation Hope presents college-readiness workshops in the community throughout the year to identify and recruit promising students to our program.  Once accepted, Generation Hope provides each Scholar with three supports that we believe increase the likelihood that they will obtain their college degree; up to $2,400 per year in tuition assistance, one-on-one mentoring, and case management.  Additionally, Scholars receive an increased network of support from the extended family that the program provides to them and to their young children.  This support stays with Scholars until they earn their two or four-year degree.


In March 2015, Generation Hope's board of directors approved an ambitious strategic plan, which calls for significant growth over the next three years.  As a result, by 2018, Generation Hope will be serving 100 teen parents in college across the region.  Read the full plan

So far it is an amazing program. I hope it will help me
continue to grow and become the person I want to be.
— Scholar Angeline Palmer, George Mason University

Where is Generation Hope located?


Generation Hope is located in Washington, D.C. and serves the entire D.C. Metro Region, which includes parts of Maryland, the entire District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia.  

investing in an individual, a family, and a community

Generation Hope Sponsors directly invest in our Scholars with both their time and financial giving. Their generosity has provided more than $160,000 in college tuition support to these young parents, and they have taken an active part in mentoring them in their journey to become college graduates.  We are seeing the fruits of this investment -- 20% of Scholars earned perfect 4.0 GPAs during the spring 2015 semester.  Generation Hope's incredible Sponsors are investing time, energy and resources in ensuring that teen parents have the same chances at a college degree and success as their peers.  


A Letter from Nicole, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends,  

The day I graduated from college as a teen mother, I felt three things.  One, a tremendous sense of accomplishment, two, a realization that I needed a job, and three, an overwhelming desire to help other teen parents become college graduates too.  Read more...