Need + Impact

NEED + IMPACT

Generation Hope Scholar Alumna Jennifer Ramirez graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2012 with a degree in criminal justice. Jennifer now works for the Department of Homeland Security.

Generation Hope Scholar Alumna Jennifer Ramirez graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2012 with a degree in criminal justice. Jennifer now works for the Department of Homeland Security.

Fewer than two percent of teen mothers who have a baby before age 18 earn a college degree before age 30. -- Power To Decide

Meeting a Need:

Generation Hope serves 91 teen parents and their children in the Washington, D.C. area. Among them, 51% are Hispanic/Latino, 34% are African American. Nearly all are considered low income, and Generation Hope is also proud to serve several Dreamers. In addition, 74% are first-generation college students. Many Scholars have experienced homelessness, lived in foster care, survived abuse, and experienced food insecurity.

Our Impact:

  • Fewer than 2% of teen mothers earn a college degree before age 30, but since 2010, Generation Hope has helped almost 200 teen parents in college, provided more than $600,000 in tuition assistance, and celebrated 76 college degrees.

  • Despite the fact that our Scholars face the challenges of affording childcare, working a full or part-time job, and parenting, our Scholars’ graduation rate is on track with the national average for all college students, regardless of income or whether or not they have a child. Furthermore, our Scholars’ graduation rate is almost double the graduation rate of low-income college students and almost nine times the graduation rate of single mothers nationwide.

  • With the support of Generation Hope, our Scholars are persisting: 90% of our Scholars stay in our program and in college year-to year.

  • All of our 2018 graduates were living above the poverty line within six months of graduation. 92% were employed full-time and 30% were enrolled in graduate school.

Generation Hope is giving teen parents the support that they need to become college graduates and professionals who will greatly impact the world that we live in. By completing college they are opening the door to increased opportunity, and creating a legacy of educational achievement in their families.