Advocates for Adolescent Mothers
Rating: 4.83 stars 66 66 reviews 7,918
PO Box 43234 Chicago IL 60643 USA
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and social enterprise 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 is most proud of our Educational Empowerment Grant Initiative due to its strong potential to accomplish our mission to break the poverty cycle among families headed by young parents. Through the Educational Empowerment Grant Initiative, young parents have the opportunity to earn a monetary grant up to the amount of $500, receive mentoring, and participate in bi-monthly workshops throughout the academic year that impart knowledge about managing the roles of being a parent and college student. This program is still in the piloting phase, and we are entering our second year in 2012. Through our toy drive, we collect and donate toys to the children of homeless young mothers at Christmas time. Through our signature event, the Back to School Celebration, we have provided approximately 100 young parents with backpacks that contained school supplies and toiletries. The purpose of Advocates for Adolescent Mothers’ Back to School Celebration is to promote education and encourage young parents to return to school. Our Back to School Celebration is the only Chicago event to offer this level of much needed support to young parents.
Young parents between the ages of 13-24.
Active: Educational Empowerment Grant Initiative, Holiday Drive, Teen Parent Stable Housing Study Developing: Housing, Childcare, Scholarships
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It is an amazing program, organized and directed by an amazing person! I've recently became a donor and volunteer. It is astounding to watch the transformation that occurs to the participants in the AFAM program! IkishaG
I became aware of Advocates for Adolescent Mothers when I applied for the Educational Empowerment Program Grant to help pay for my last semester of college. Since then, I have finished school, graduating from Roosevelt University with a BA in Psychology. I was the first person in my family to not only earn a college degree, but a high school diploma as well. I am so grateful to have met Lillian Harris and being apart of AFAM. I too became a mother at a young age, but being apart of AFAM, I learned that my dreams were not impossible to reach because I had a child young. Lillian Harris has taught me to use the obstacles that I have been faced with as motivation to exceed expectations. AFAM gave me a sense of belonging and a platform to share my story with other young moms and to be able to celebrate the accomplishments that no one thought we could achieve. I am thankful to have been apart of such an amazing organization.
I have been supporting and donating to Advocates For Adolescent Mothers (AFAM) since its conception. I love the purpose of the organization. Often times young women are ridiculed for poor decisions when in fact it is those times that the need the most support. Being able to donate money and time to AFAM has been so beneficial; to the moms I have helped, as well as to myself. The young ladies I have cone in contact with have taught me how to be more compassionate and empathetic to those around me. Without an organization and an affiliation like AFAM, I might have missed on that self growth opportunity.
I have always appreciated and valued groups that aid teens. When I was I introduced to AFAM shortly before becoming a single parent. Now I appreciate the organization even more so. Being a single parent is hard enough without the add pressure of being a teen who wants to fight becoming a stereotype. AFAM enables young women the resources to make the right choices for themselves and their children. I will continue to support this organization however and when ever I can.
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I am a volunteer with AFAM! I helped out recently with the After School Matters program. Lillian was a great mentor to the young ladies there. She gave valuable information and shared her story to give the young ladies a sense of guildance. I decided to volunteer because I am a young my myself and I always looked to Lillian as a mentor. With me being around the young ladies age I chose to share my story just because I could talk to them as my peers.. AFAM is a great organization overall!
As a former board member, I have and continue to see the passion and persistence of Lillian Harris and other board members to take AFAM's mission to higher heights. Excited that AFAM focus on our young women and give them an opportunity to excel and achieve despite of teen motherhood.
AFAM is an awesome organization that really focus' on assisting teen moms on a consistent basis. AFAM helps in the areas of school uniforms, scholarships for mothers to continue their education and various Outreach programs. I'm excited every year to help donation & contribute toward the Holiday gift & coat drive for children.
I commend AFAM's Founder, Lillian Harris, and their awesome partners on their consistency and dedication to the committment of Young Women and thier children!!
AFAM Continue to make a difference!!
I am a supporter of AFAM because so many young women suffer for their entire lives for something they do at a very young age, and that just isn't fair. This wonderful organization gives young mothers hope, and a chance of success. The founder, Lillian Harris, is an inspiration, and I have asked her in the past to speak to students so that they can see that greatness is possible, regardless of the adversity you face. Great mission, great programs, great cause. I am a donor and I encourage everyone to give something and/or get involved.
Keith Dipple Ph.D.
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As a donor and former board member I am extremely proud of the work and progress that has been made in improving the lives of young mothers.
It's an honorable and noble fight that has been forged and I am beyond proud to be a part of it.
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Being a donor to AFAM, it feels great to see my donations go to a responsible organization. AFAM assists in a cause that is dear to me as I was a teenage mother. The empowerment that young mothers receive from AFAM and the grant assistance is immeasurable. AFAM's community involvement in a city that I grew up in (Chicago), further motivates me to give back and continue to be a faithful donor.
Thanks Advocates for Adolescent Mothers for all that you do!
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I totally support the AFAM movement and its founder Lillian Harris for being such a blessing to young adolescent mothers. I describe AFAM as an "Healer Of The World" & Lillian Harris as an "Bringer Of The Light" whom is allowing her light to shine for young mothers in our communities.