How it Works



Generation Hope mentors are caring individuals, families, organizations, and businesses that invest in the educational success of teen parents and their children across the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.  

Sponsors are individuals who work with teen parents in college one-on-one.  Resource Families are groups of individuals, often families, who come together to support a Scholar and their child.  Resource Families are a part of Next Generation AcademyLearn more about Resource Families here.


Sponsors provide either $1,200/year for a community college student or $2,400/year for a four-year college student in college tuition support as well as one-on-one mentoring until the Scholar graduates. It is a direct-giving, hands-on experience.  


New Sponsors are recruited each year and begin in the program in July.  In order to be matched with a Scholar by July, Sponsor Applications must be submitted by June 1st.  Sponsoring a Generation Hope Scholar is a multi-year commitment -- you are financially and emotionally investing in a Scholar until they earn a two or four-year degree.


Sponsors live in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.   However, individuals, organizations, and businesses located anywhere can provide financial-only sponsorships to make college a reality for teen parents in our program.  If you're interested in a financial-only sponsorship, please contact Director of Programming Caroline Griswold Short at or 202-642-5649. 


Experience a rewarding personal connection that has a direct impact on a young parent's ability to reach their educational goals and to provide for their family.

The potential to have a direct impact on a single mom’s ability to continue her post-secondary education was a driving force in my decision to become a Generation Hope Sponsor.
— Sponsor Donna Fleming
Meaningful. Important. Indispensable.
— Sponsor Angela Greene