Become A Mentor
GENERATION MOMS mentors are committed to transforming the lives of adolescent Moms in under resourced communities. Our mentors are at the heart of our agency instilling purpose and direction in the lives of young parents who have the odds stacked against them. They are businesses, organizations, and caring individuals that deeply invest in the academic and personal pursuits of adolescent parents across the Chicago land area.
All Generation Moms’ Sponsors provide financial and mentoring support services to adolescent parents aged 16-24. We provide tuition assistance up to $1200 for teen parents currently enrolled in an accredited college in the Chicagoland area. Whether it’s financial or emotional support, our sponsors are committed to developing a new generation of teen parents who graduate from college.
Sponsorship mixers occur a few times throughout the year. Our mixers are a chance for you to learn from current sponsors what to expect from your new lifelong relationship with a teen parent. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about GENERATION MOMS to attend a mixer. New Sponsors are recruited each year and begin in the program in July. In order to be matched with a teen parent by July, Sponsor Applications must be submitted by May 1st.
Most of our sponsors live in the Chicagoland area. However, individuals, organizations, and businesses located anywhere in the world can provide financial-only commitments to help make a college degree become a reality for adolescent Moms in our program. If you’re interested in a financial-only sponsorship, please contact sponsorships@GenerationMoms.org.
- Fathers of children born to mothers age 17 and younger earn, on average, $27,000 less than the fathers of children born to mothers age 20-21.
- Teen parents and their children suffer serious educational challenges.
- Over the course of a lifetime, a college graduate will earn approximately $1 million more than a high school dropout.
- Ninety percent of adults believe reducing teen pregnancy is a very effective way to reduce the high school dropout rate and improve academic achievement.
But, YOU can help change their odds:
- Your financial support allows a young Mom to complete her college education
and serve as a positive role model for her child.
- Strengthen the new mother’s support system and help her avoid postpartum depression.
- Encourage responsible parenting and healthy decision making by stabilizing the family unit.
- Reinforce the many career options that a young Mom has in her future.
- Help the young Mom develop short and long-term goals.
- Identify strengths that your teen Mom has and get them on the road towards positive life changes.