With one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, DC is home to thousands of young families living in poverty because the parents lack an education: fewer than 2% of teen mothers earn a college degree before age 30. Founded by a former teen mother, Generation Hope surrounds these young parents with the support they need to thrive in college … and to help their little ones enter kindergarten ready for success. The Scholar Program provides parents with a mentor, crisis support, and up to $2,400 a year in tuition assistance. Meanwhile, Next Generation Academy offers home visits, parenting support, learning materials, and access to high-quality childcare for scholars’ children ages one to five. Next year Generation Hope will support 101 Scholars and 20 children, and provide college-readiness workshops to 300 parenting high schoolers. With your help, more diplomas are on the way.

COVID-19 Update: Case managers are helping Scholars understand and apply for rapidly changing government assistance, access supports for food insecurity, homelessness, unemployment, and domestic violence, meet technology needs for remote learning, stay on track with coursework despite disruptions, apply for jobs and internships, and more. Direct financial support to Scholars through the emergency fund has seen a dramatic uptick in requests. Despite the challenges that Scholars faced, 93% completed all of their classes in the spring semester; 95% earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher; all existing Scholars were supported and a new cohort was accepted and began school in the fall.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • % of senior Generation Hope Scholars who graduate from college:   100%
  • % of Generation Hope Scholars with a GPA above a 2.5:   69%

Awards & Recognition

2015 Honorable Mention Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2015 EXCEL Award - Founder & CEO
2014 CNN Hero - Founder & CEO
"Stories of Champions" by PBS - Founder & CEO (September 2014)
Promising Program - Institute for Women's Policy Research 2014
Harris Hero - ABC7 (June 2013)


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Generation Hope is: Less than $500k

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