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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

NaRee Sallu

Donor

Rating: 5

AFAM is an amazing organization, I have personally witnessed the positive impact AFAM provides for young mothers. So many times we see nonprofits come and go but I know and believe Advocate for Adolescent Mothers is here to stay. AFAM is committed and invested in their mission by supporting teenage mothers and helping them to stay focused on education. I had the honor to be a part of the Lucheon Host Committee and the experience was richly rewarding to my heart.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a teen mother myself I stand 100% behind AFAM and is why I have been a supporter and donor since day one. The opportunities that AFAM is able to afford these young women I wish someone like them was around when I needed help. Lillian is nothing short of amazing and I can't wait to see what she does next!

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with AFAM over the last 3 years on a number of projects and Lillian Harris does an amazing job working with students who are on the brink. She builds up their esteem, teaches them responsibility, and presents real world solutions to what they are up against. If you are interested in being involved in an exceptional program, AFAM is definitely the one!

Elizabeth141

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Heidi70

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1 Vimont B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Eric83

Donor

Rating: 4

As a son to an adolescent mother im familiar with the potential needs of this particular family lifestyle...which is why I became a donor. AFAMs mission is constantly displayed and enforced thru its affiliates and giving my support was no question when realizing this non profit organization shows the same diligence, if not more, in the well being of adolescent mothers and their families. Ms. Lillian Harris has been the liaison between the organization and myself, in which all of our interactions are what you expect from a well ran non profit. She does an outstanding job of keeping AFAM supporters current and up to date on events and fundraisers surrounding the organization, and should you attend an event, you will soon see an organization full of like minded people that are just as concerned and helpful. If the support of adolescent mothers hold a special place in your heart, AFAM is that special place that can help you extend your helping hand in all the right places.