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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Ikisha G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Kayshonna S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Nivea T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with AFAM for over 8 years doing back to school health fairs for young women and children. It was a pleasure working with such a strong independent, leader and outspoken person of AFAM I hope her and her organization for helping young women with children reach the highest milestone for years to come...May god bless

Dorsey S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Dorsey Smith. I and several of the girls from my own group have had the pleasure of serving as volunteers for AFAM. I am always impressed with Lillian's dedication and commitment to the young women that she serves. We have volunteered during the back to school drive and most recently during her Christmas wrapping drive. Lillian has also been so gracious as to offer us tickets to see the Chicago Sky games. The services that AFAM provide are desperately needed and so is the impassioned leadership that Lillian has proven to supply. I look forward to many endeavors with them in the future.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with AFAM during last years Toy Drive!! The energy was amazing, and the work even more amazing. Lillian pushes her Board members and volunteers to reach the goal for the organization. She expects so much from the people on her team because she knows that together we can work to provide for the mothers and children the organization services. This organization will continue to do great things in the lives of young mothers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the distinct privileged of knowing Lillian personally since high school. I have had the amazing opportunity to watch her success story as she overcame the struggles of being a teen mom and has made it her life mission to help others facing the same situation. I have been fortunate enough to have volunteer for Advocates for Adolescent Mothers in the finance realm and have attended numerous events. I have watched the events, as well as the organization, grow and have seen the impact the organization has had firsthand. The Holiday Toy Drive and Skylight Luncheon are two of my favorite annual events. It is so rewarding to see the impact Lillian and the organization have made as young women tell their story and explain how they battled adversity to achieve educational success which will help them provide a better life for their child. I have enjoyed contributing to the organization because it is so evident how necessary such an organization is today. I have found Lillian and the organization to be inspirational and uplifting. It is so refreshing to see an organization that prides itself on empowerment and a positive attitude. I fully endorse AFAM as a wonderful organization that affords wonderful opportunities to mothers and children who might otherwise not achieve such success.

Pocohontas H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Advocates for Adolescent Mothers off and on for a few years now and I think that this program is one of the best in it's kind. It gives young woman hope, reliable resources, and mentorship that will allow them to be most effective in there journey as young parents and in continuing there education. We need more programs like this.

Bre'e S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFAM founder Lillian Harris identifies with her clients because she has been where they are. Her dedication and commitment to helping her clients is genuine and sincere. This organization mentors, guides, motivates, and cultivates an environment of achievement and self-determination. Lillian is an kind, passionate, and professional leader. I endorse this organization without any reservation!!

Emissary W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to work with an organization who genuinely cares about making a change in society. Especially when it comes to our youth...after all the youth are the future snd AFAM is making sure that young parents are well equipped and empowered to take on the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Advocates for Adolecent Mothers is a wonderful organization helping teens moms from all walks of life. I'm a former teen mom myself and I didn't have many resources at the time that would help you find housing, encourage you to continue school and even share their own real life experiences to let you know people care and you can make it despite all odds. The founder Lillian Harris even took the time to talk to my daughter about her options for college,financial aid and my daughter isn't a teen mom. Ms. Harris genuinely has a heart for the youth. In this time and day, we really need more people like the ones at Advocates for Adolecent Mothers!

Kim_16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The emotional support, monetary help , and knowledge that AFAM provides is like no other I have seen. Lillian Harris's vision is unprecedented and relentless. The adolescent girls of today are in dire need for this type of organization. Lillian leads by example and first hand knowledge and with this being said the girls are in super hands.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered twice for Advocates for Adolescent Mothers, and both times i volunteered it was amazing. i feel that Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is great because it is helping young moms get out of poverty, and it helps the young moms take care of their children. My mom created Advocates for Adolescent Mothers and she is a great mom to me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once being a young mom myself and recognizing the lack of resources and support I received. I can appreciate the vision of AFAM. Parents who experienced being a young parent, homelessness, lack of support; should want to support this vision.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a great source that encourage a at risk population ie adolescent parents to further thier education, what is more empowering than that. Adolescent parents mainly the ladies are usually wrote off in this society. This organization goal is to help lift thier heads and spirits, to show them it's not over you can still do great things, especially through education. As a volunteer at last year 2010 celebration I saw first hand how this encouragement lifted spirits. As the founder Lillian Harris annouced the young ladies who would be attending college in the fall the audience were elated and the young ladies appeared proud. A spirit is a terrible thing to waste let's keep these adolescents encouraged. Get involved. You will be surprised how great you feel and what great things can happen when you give others the opportunity to do thier best. What a wonderful feeling to know you were a part in assisting an adolescent parent to achieve their goal in spite of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFAM has an amazing mission and the activities and programs that are blossoming will only provide great outcomes for young parents in need of support, guidance, and encouragement. The Back to School Celebration in August was a huge success and I am thankful I was able to participate in it. I was very pleased with the strong collaboration AFAM developed with Simpson High School, which is the only school in the city that targets adolescent mothers. These type of services need to flourish in order for our young people and children to flourish and have positive life outcomes, and transition to being productive citizens in society. I look forward to AFAM's continued growth and success!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The mission of this "new kid on the block" organization is extraordinary! I had the privilege to serve at the AFAM BTS event on last year and the support and recognition for this event within the community was extremely impressive! From a prestigious political dignitary to the AIDS Foundation to small businesses, it was well organized, well represented and well sponsored and supported.

I believe this organization will be an exceptional tool in the community, a bridge of support over troubled waters for teen moms, dads, and their children, and a voice crying in the wilderness for all teens parent who are prospective overcomers!!! GOOD WORK AFAM!!!