Educational Empowerment Program Participants
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers Educational Empowerment Program began in 2011. Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree before reaching the age of 30. We believe that more young mothers would graduate from college if they had adequate support.
The Educational Empowerment Program is an asset-based, antipoverty program that provides financial and socio-emotional support to young mothers who are in college.Participants of the Educational Empowerment Program receive mentoring, participate in informational workshops, and are offered financial support in the amount of $500 each academic year. Our Educational Empowerment Program Participants are great mothers who are excelling in school and work, and are serious about meeting their goals.
Charity, who has been in our program since 2011, is a student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed the Fall 2014 semester with a 2.86 GPA.
I joined Advocates for Adolescent Mothers(AFAM) in the Summer of 2011. Since then I have had multiple opportunities to share my story as a teen mom and student, as well as benefit from multiple opportunities with the organization. AFAM has provided parenting resources, which have helped promote a healthy relationship and development for mydaughter and I. Additionally, through fundraising for AFAM and running in the Shamrock Shuffle this year, I was able to give back, increase my health, and complete my goals. Moreover, budgeting, goal setting, and vision board activities have helped me stay focused on my goals and plan for the future. Having another mom join in the workshops this year has given me the opportunity to share and listen to each other’s stories; providing a richer experience. Most recently, I utilized a skit to address an issue with effective communication in my current job. As I was prepared, the conversation with my employer went smoothly, and I was able to express my concern effectively. AFAM has provided me with so many enriching opportunities, and I look forward to continuing involvement in AFAM and seeing it grow.
Mara has been in our program since 2013. She is a student at DePaul University. She completed the Fall 2014 with a 2.02 GPA.
This organization has not only helped me financially but also personally. After winning the scholarship from AFAM, I realized how lucky I am to be part of them. The workshops that I have to attend for my scholarship don’t feel like any other workshop, I feel a personal connection with other moms and realize that I’m not the only one and I don’t stand alone. AFAM has helped me become a better mom and a better person with all the information I receive in the workshops.