WASHINGTON, DC (April 27, 2015) – Generation Hope received a $5,100 donation from 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia this morning at a check presentation held in their offices in Washington, D.C. The funds will help sponsor teen parents in their endeavor to obtain a college degree in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Generation Hope matches an organization or individual to a teen parent working toward their college degree. The match provides financial, emotional and mentoring support. Generation Hope also facilitates sponsorships to cover costs associated with college tuition, books and fees and provides assistance with identifying services within the Scholar’s college and community. In short, they do what they can to help the student achieve their dreams and better their life however they can. Additionally, the program also provides assistance to high school teens that are either pregnant or parenting to encourage them to pursue a college degree.
The nonprofit was selected as this quarter’s recipient of funding from 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia, a group of women who meet quarterly and direct funds to an area nonprofit. “We each have an opportunity to ‘let greatness blossom’ in thelives of these teen parents when we give of our time and resources to support them,” says Michelle Riley Jones, a Generation Hope volunteer and new Sponsor, who brought the work and mission of Generation Hope to the attention of the organization.
“This gift is so meaningful for Generation Hope,” said Founder and CEO
Nicole Lynn Lewis. “The money will help fund our Hope Conference this June, which is a day-long, intensive training for our 35 current Scholars as well as 30-35 teen parents in high school covering topics such as academic planning, financial literacy, positive parenting, and more. We know that helping teen mothers become college graduates immediately improves the lives of their children, allows them to get good-paying jobs, and strengthens the economic vitality of our entire community.”
“We are elated to be donating this quarter’s gift to Generation Hope and the Scholars they support who are working so hard to make their lives and the lives of their children better, “ stated Traci Richards, co-founder of 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia. “Our donations truly are pennies from heaven, and we love coming together to provide such an impact to a deserving organization with such a tremendous mission to young women in our community.”
Each quarter, a group of women from all over the Northern Virginia region come together and collectively pool their money in order to make one large donation to a nonprofit group in our community. All Northern Virginia women are invited to join 100 Women Who Care. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the months February, May, August and November. The May 7th meeting will be held from 7:30-8:30 at The Goodwin House Alexandria located at 4800 Fillmore Avenue in Alexandria. For more information or to sign up, visit www.100wwcnova.org.