Giving the Gift of Hope
“Anyone can succeed when someone believes in them.” -Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder and executive director of Generation Hope
Fewer than 2 percent of teen mothers finish college by age 30, so when Nicole Lynn Lewis became a mother at age 19, the odds were stacked against her. Today, she is the founder and CEO of Generation Hope, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, that matches current and former teen parents now working their way through college with mentors who will help them with the real-life struggles that come with their dual roles as students and parents. Since its founding in 2010, Generation Hope has helped 19 teen mothers earn college degrees, with 13 more scholars slated to graduate in 2017.