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Advocates for Adolescent Mothers

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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

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bianet U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently heard about this organization last year through my college advisor. They were doing a holiday drive for college mothers and although I wasn’t sure about it, I decided to give it a shot. Best decision I’ve ever made! My daughter was jumping with happiness with the toys she received through Advocates for Adolescent Mother’s. Plus, they supplied us both with new winter jackets. My daughters jacket still fits her to this day. And I am beyond grateful for making our Christmas memorable. I would definitely recommend this to any mother/student in college. They offer help and offer many programs.

Anthony C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been working with Advocates for Adolescent Mothers (AFAM) for over 5 years, and happy to support their commitment to providing guidance and tools empowering teenage mothers to break the poverty cycle, build prosperity and prevent child abuse.
During my years as The Community Relations Manager for Paramount Staffing, Inc., I watched AFAM’s Educational programs guide mothers to High School diploma completions, enter and complete colleges and vocation training. Their Holiday Drive Program has provided much needed toys and clothing for the teens and children during the holidays. Additionally, AFAM provides guidance combating teens and children’s homelessness.
It has indeed been my pleasure to work with Founder, Lillian Harris and support this much needed and worthwhile organization. Look forward to AFAM's continuing success and growth.

Sincerely,
Anthony Culpepper
Community Relations Manager-Retired

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have know Lillian Harris for 20 years. she has done a wonderful job in giving back to the community. She has perseverance in getting the job done. AFAM is the model of that Achievement. I have watched the Program grow and blossom into a vital and critical program that is needed in the communties to help the young ladies served.
AFAM creates good relationships, offer support to help identify their needs, indepedency, raising their children, and education. The Director Lillian Harris is able to connect the young ladies with issues that they are working on and make it their passion to stretch beyond to help achieve their goals. The mission statement for AFAM is a very important program that is working and making a difference in the young ladies lives and change.

Great Program
Simone Robinson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of this organization when my daughter told me that she applied for the Educational Empowerment Program the organization has. Because of this organization and the grant she received, my daughter was able to graduate in 2016 with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is now a mother of 2 and with the continued guidance, support and motivation from this organization, she is now pursuing her Master's degree. This program has been and will continue to be a blessing to so many young mothers like my daughter. Lillian Harris is a wonderful mentor and advocate and I couldn't have asked for a better person to be apart of my daughter's journey.

Erica L. K.

Donor

Rating: 5

AFAM is a phenomenal organization that has a stellar track record for providing resources and services to adolescent mothers. Lillian is an innovative and ethical leader who governs AFAM with a servants heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFAM is a great organization with a heart for helping young mothers. This is a much needed program, helping teen moms achieve their goals of finishing school and obtaining successful careers. Young mothers need a strong support system, and without this program, many of them would be stuck in a life of poverty. I love the work this organization does!

Suzan A. B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi. I have known Lillian Harris for a good portion of her life. When I was introduced to the organization, I saw her passion to help and give back because of her own personal experience. This passion has been passed on to other young women who now are giving back as she did. Please support this organization with your time and donations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am a proud supporter of the Advocates of Adolescent Mothers, as I understand that the foundation of all communities begins with the mother; AFAM provides assistance to single mothers in communities with the greatest need, providing them with the skills to have agency other their own lives and ultimately creating better futures for their children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many young Mothers would benefit from the programs and support offered from Advocates for Adolescent Mothers. In efforts to fight poverty, stop child abuse, help Mothers further their education, and stop the Homelessness of Teen Mothers they take the initiative to host charity drives and give monetary and emotional support to Mother's in college. They are a supportive and a driving force for young Mothers who want to earn their college degree and for those who want to raise their children in a stable environment. They are changing the lives of many young mothers and their children. Programs such as this are greatly needed within our communities as the need for further education has become a vital source of survival in today's society.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AFAM has been an awesome experience for my daughter. They has provide her with the tools and confidence to beat the odds. Tha no you!!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love advocates for adolescent mother's non profit organization. I volunteered a few times and the love that the facility showed towards the mothers is remarkable. The support that is organization gives is beyond amazing. They definitely make each mother feel amazing. I remember one year I volunteered and donated toys for the children for Christmas. I walked in to help wrap gifts and was amazed at how organized and detail they were. I sat there so excited to be apart of something so amazing. I want to thank them for all of the love and support that they give these mother's. I would volunteer a million more times...you guys rock

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is a wonderful organization that provides amazing services and support for young mothers and their children. I have volunteered with AFAM over the last several years - during the holidays wrapping presents for the children, I ran with the AFAM Shamrock Shuffle Team and wrapped presents at a local mall to raise funds, and have donated to the organization. I also attended various fundraising events for the organization which were presented at central venues with the utmost of excellence and professionalism. I am impressed by the passion and determination that Lillian has for the organization and the people served. I delight in seeing the mothers and children's joy at the various outings that I have witnessed. This is an superb nonprofit doing wonderful work in the Chicagoland area. Kudos and all the best for much continued success - truly you have my support!

Donor

Rating: 4

I had the usual questions when I was asked to donate to this organization. What do they do, and who do they do it for? Simply put, they provide resources for single mothers. This was of interest to me, because more than 50% of the children in Chicago are being raised by single mothers. There are many ramifications that correlate to this statistic. Too many to write about here, and most are disheartening. I've been supporting the Christmas gift drive for the past 3 years, and often feel like that's just a drop in the bucket.
AFAM keep, keeping on!

Doctor Underwood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the distinct pleasure of observing an Advocates of Adolescent Mothers workshop recently. The stories shared by the young mothers will always have a profound effect on me. What Advocates of Adolescent Mothers have been able to achieve with the young mothers is absolutely moving. Although I am not a single mother, I was able to pull inspiration from the young mothers in the workshop. I hope Advocates of Adolescent Mothers continues to make an impact in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of seeing Lillian Harris's passion and work ethic first hand through partnering with Advocates for Adolescent Mothers to host their annual Holiday Party for mothers and children. She has boundless energy and enthusiasm for helping others and the mentoring relationships she's created ensure lasting benefit. We at Bubbles Academy & Whole Child Arts are honored to partner with and support Advocates for Adolescent Mothers wherever possible!

Donor

Rating: 5

Does great work for young moms in school! We were happy to work with them on our fundraiser.

Board Member

Rating: 4

This is my forth year volunteering with AFAM and I can say that I haven't regretted one minute of the time that I shared. Working with the moms in the educational program in the workshops have been the most rewarding for me. Interacting with the young mothers, mentoring them, listening to their stories and watching them learn and develop into stronger moms makes you so excited.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer with Advocates for Adolescent Mothers I have found that the organization to be focused and authentic in it's advocacy for, education of, and service to adolescent moms. It has been rewarding to work with AFAM because they have afforded me the opportunity to serve in an area that I am extremely passionate about.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Lillian Harris when she was a teenager before AFAM was birthed. Being such a determined individual who I viewed as always having a dream, a goal, a vision to strive for greatness, I marvel at the message she's made out of what society would have defined differently.
My reason for contributing to her cause is because I believe that the "VILLAGE" is STILL NECESSARY! Whatever we are able to do to build up our girls and show them that bigger opportunities are possible, we MUST DO, and this is my way of doing..

Enailah Shaw

Donor

Rating: 5

Assisting young moms, providing resources and exemplifying hope to young mothers in poverty is important to our communities.
AFAM has been and continues to be an organization that we support.

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Latasha D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was once an teen mom, and didn't know of any nonprofit organizations such as this one that offered resources for young mothers in need. So I felt compelled to donate so that someone could benefit from the many resources that A.F.A.M has to offer. Overall this is a Great Organization, and I would be willing to volunteer or donate when needed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lillian has done an amazing job with the young adults she mentors and services. I am always inspired by her commitment to the girls as she truly puts all of her energy and heart into the program. We will continue supporting this great program.

Matt Schubert
President
Paramount Staffing

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A lot of young mothers lack the resources that's needed to raise there children.

KayyStraughter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for AFAM for many years and each years things in this organization gets better. This organization searches and find ways to better the lives of young moms such as myself. Their is no other program like AFAM! Also, Lillian goes above and beyond to help young mothers exceed in life. She works extremely hard to find resources, scholarship, grants, housing and many other things so young women can be successful. She very dedicated to her organization which I love about her. Being apart of AFAM as a helping hand is one of the best decisions I ever made. I see great opportunity and success for AFAM in the future!

Donor

Rating: 5

I financially support AFAM because it enables moms to help themselves and
gives them the tools they need to have a hope and future and vision for their lives. AFAM encourages these young moms to be an example so they can help others. Beverly S

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a former adolescent mother herself, and i'm currently putting myself through college for the second time. I came to find out about AFAM from doing a paper on Overcoming Obstacles for my English class. I'm so glad i learned about this organization, and honestly, i wish that it was around when i was in my teens and . There are many NFPs that cater to teen parenthood prevention, but few that attempt to combat homelessness, poverty and abuse and promote furthering education and encouraging success the way that AFAM does. There are so many similarities in the founder and myself, and i'm so grateful that organizations like these exist, to give hope and encouragement where it is much needed. Teen moms shouldn't be the forgotten ones, the misfits, the judged. AFAM gives these girls and their families the opportunity to lead productive successful lives.

Daisy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this organization! Currently enrolled and it's the best decision I made as a young mother. They truly help you in college and life. Make you plan and organize life time goals and accomplish them! Show you how to make time for school and being a mother. Nothing but positivity. I am honored to be accepted! Nothing but great recommendation as a student and a mother!

Donor

Rating: 5

Since the inception of AFAM, we at SB Enterprises, Inc. (SBE) have always enjoyed watching their works and continued growth under the founders leadership. SBE has taken great pleasure in our donations to AFAM as contributions are distributed to assist teenage mothers in breaking the abuse and poverty cycle and replacing with empowerment, education, and sense of value and worth. Organizations such as AFAM must stay relevant and in existence due to the overwhelming need of the services they provide. We fully support AFAM and their efforts and urge others who are able, to also support this organization as they strive to achieve their mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joining Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is one of the best things I've come across since starting college. Lilian is so supportive and gives the best advice. Her story and passion for AFAM is so inspiring. It makes me believe I can do it. I'm entirely grateful for meeting Lilan and joining AFAM, they support me and my son's dreams and are genuinely great people. They support and push us to beat all odds.

Jessica M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jessica Martinez and I am currently in the Advocates for Adolescent Mothers program and our first workshop was actually yesterday Saturday 16, 2017. It was very amazing working and sharing ideas with other young moms that are in the program as well. Also working with Lilian is nice because she understand what being a young mom is like because she has been in our shoes before and I trust her, and Lilian is a good listener she is like a second mom to me. I decided to join because when I meet Lilian at Malcolm X she told me all about the program and that she wants to help us young moms it made me feel special that there is a Scholarship for young moms and the money not only goes to school but for us and our babies which was a very smart idea and very rewarding for Lilian since us young moms dont have enough support or money to help our babies get their needs. I hope by writing this review it will encourage other young moms to join this organization because I want AFAM to continue on to their goal and I want AFAM to be a success in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meeting Lillian has been a blessing beyond measures. She is so passionate about her endeavors and helping young mothers and children. Serving as a member in the organization she make sure she keeps new innovative ways to make this organization notable everywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered for AFAM to create their new brochure. The founder, Lillian Harris and I worked very well together. The response time was fine because she would let me know when she would respond back to me and she did. It was a positive experience for which we both got something out of it. She has a great brochure to hand out to promote her organization and I got a chance to get more brochure design experience. I learn a lot from this experience which is just because you have a child young, that doesn't mean you can't pursue your goals and dreams. I hope AFAM will be a continued success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with AFAM is as a volunteer at Roosevelt University and the organization is definitely important and needed in our City. The AFAM Infinite Legacy League had several events that I helped with to raise awareness and support the nonprofit. The founder is very diligent and organized which is what helps the organization thrive. My experience with the nonprofit as a whole was very rewarding and gave me insight into an organization that is doing work that not many nonprofits are doing.

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work with AFAM for the last 2 years. This organization is so wonderful supporting adolescent mothers who I feel is a forgotten and misunderstood population, who is so deserving of our support. Paramount Staffing and my Church (Union Evangelistic Baptist Church) has supported the Holiday Drive the last 2 years. Myself and Paramount also supported the After School Matters Advocacy Program (Career Advisory Panel Event) and really enjoyed mentoring and sharing our careers with the teen mothers. Lillian Harris is a dedicated mentor and leader for these teen mothers and I look forward for continued support of AFAM.

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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!