I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.
Maya Angelou

About Us

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is internationally recognized as the center of the antipoverty movement responsible for the alleviation of poverty and establishment of prosperity among families headed by young parents.
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is a top rated nonprofit organization committed to empowering young parents by providing them with the tools, resources, and support needed to break the cycle of poverty, establish prosperity, and prevent child abuse.

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers [AFAM] is a national top-rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides support to young mothers who are in college, distributes coats and toys to homeless young moms and their children at Christmas, and produces research about homelessness among young moms.

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers was founded by Lillian Harris, a former teen mother. Harris, born to teen parents herself, became aware that she lived in poverty while pregnant with her son, and became determined to prevent him from continuing the poverty cycle. It became Lillian’s goal to earn a college degree in an effort to avoid raising her son in poverty. She experienced homelessness multiple times during the pursuit of her college education, which is how the idea for AFAM was birthed. Despite the challenges that Lillian faced, she exceeded her goal of earning a college degree, by earning a master’s degree from an illustrious institution. Lillian felt compelled to create an organization that would empower other young mothers to destroy the poverty cycle by earning a college degree, delaying subsequent pregnancies, and preventing child abuse — Advocates for Adolescent Mothers was incorporated within 2 years of Lillian earning her graduate degree.

In a short time (i.e. since 2009) Advocates for Adolescent Mothers has created an impressive track record of accomplishments including:

  • Recognized as a Top-Rated Women’s Charity by GreatNonprofits for 4 consecutive years.
  • Maintain silver status in the Guidestar Exchange Program since 2013.
  • Provided backpacks and school supplies to approximately 200 young moms and other underprivileged youth from 2010-2012.
  • Awarded nearly $2200 in financial support to young mom college students since 2011.
  • Provided approximately 850 toys and 400 coats to homeless young moms and their children at Christmas since 2011.

Our goals are to:

  • Create an evidence based supportive housing model that can be replicated nationally.
  • Expand our Educational Empowerment Program to provide greater support to more young mom college students.
  • Advocate for families headed by young parents by influencing local, state, and federal legislation through our research and future National Advocacy Alliance.
Meet the Founder

Click here to learn more about AFAM’s founder, a former adolescent mother, who is committed to empowering young parents.