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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Youth Development

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: Young parents between the ages of 13-24.

Programs: Active: Educational Empowerment Grant Initiative, Holiday Drive, Teen Parent Stable Housing Study Developing: Housing, Childcare, Scholarships

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't live in the Chicago area, but I don't have to in order to know the kind of powerful impact Lillian Harris and AFAM is having on people. Dealing with adolescent moms is one of those subjects that everybody likes to talk about to make themselves feel good, but few are willing to roll up their sleeves and dig in the trenches to provide hands on help. Ms. Harris is one of those rare ones who exemplifies her passion with intelligent, inspired and effective action.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to some of the advocates for adolescent mother's events supporting the founder/my sister Lillian Harris and they are amazing! Everyone always has a great time and just to see the passion my sister has for this inspires me! Great organization! And I believe a great help for the community.

Tanya19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I am a supporter of the work and the mission of AFAM. it is truly a worthy cause. They have done an awesome job of finding ways to cintribute while staying true to their mission and purpose. The founder has the passion, drive amd ethics to continually grow this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of knowing the founder of AFAM most of my life and her passion and drive only seems to grow stronger with the years. I truly believe there is no obstacle to big for the members of this organization to hurdle. The help and strength thru provide the young women is special and very much needed. I will support there cause as long as I am able to do so.

Christina58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is an organization dedicated to providing mentor-ship and resources to young mothers. I find it greatly encouraging that this organization seeks to uplift those parents, and through counseling and workshop help prevent the incursion of debt that seems to inhibit young parents from succeeding. AMFAM helps break down the barriers that would impede the progression of these valuable young minds and instigates potential, something that is DESPERATELY needed in today's society.

Dwayne H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work of an NFP organization is often best felt through the passion of its founders and leadership. Lillian Harris has always been an exemplary woman, moving with style and grace to build a special organization that is built on the premise of her own life experience. She is always making sure that we know whats going on with AFAM and is a great representative for this cause.
The young mothers that she works with are the producers of our future and this type of work is critical to society as a whole. I support!!!

lc12088

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are so many amazing reviews of AFAM as an organization (all of which I agree with 100%) that I want to take a minute and talk about its founder - Lillian Harris. I met Ms. Harris at a conference earlier this year and was blown away by her passion, courage, and determination. She is as wonderful a person as she is a leader. There are a lot of great non-profits out there but it is rare that you find an organization with a great mission, great services, AND an awe-inspiring leader! Kudos to AFAM. I wish them continued success in all that they do.

Monique C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is a wonderful resource for teenage moms to excel in their futures! I love the fact that they have a scholarship program, which can truly impact the direction in which a teen mom will take when considering how she will pursue a higher education. I am excited to see how this organization will grow long-term!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is a breath of fresh air for teen moms! I was blessed to have lunch with the founder Ms. Lillian Harris & she is God sent! Her compassion & positive enegy is contaigious. I left wanting to be apart of AFAM. I believe that same spirit that flows through the founder is flowing through AFAM. I give this organization an easy 5 stars. I stand behind the mission of Empowering Teen Moms. I look forward to volunteering in the very near future!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AFM is a breathe of fresh air to a subject that is in great need. In a day were teen pregenancy is at an all time high as well as being indorsed by through networks and their shows, an organization which attacks the issue in the way it is needed to the community is God sent.