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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

1 nicole876

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with Lillian, the founder of Advocates for Adolescent Mothers, for several years partnering on a fundraising event. Her dedication and passion for what she does always impresses me and it's a pleasure to work with her. Lillian truly does her part to make our world a better place and is both humble and kind while doing so.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a fellow service provider for girls ranging in ages from 7-17 yrs. old, I totally understand the vast amount of services they require and important areas that they need in support in. I'm thankful that AFAM exists to provide sound and reliable services to cover areas specific to supporting adolescent mothers!

Michellese H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AFAM is an excellent organization that is committed to working with a population that is often not recognized AFAM's programs provide hope you young mothers and lets them know that people do care about them. The resources they provide these mothers are informative, as well as beneficial for themselves and their children. The mentoring offered is definatley grooming these young women into positive role models for our future teen mothers. I definately appreciate AFAM and hope they can offer services to all inner city high schools in the city of Chicago. I envision AFAM being global in the near future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

AFAM is an excellent organization that is committed to working with population that is often disserviced. AFAM partnered with our school for a Back to School Event that brought in mentors, community resources, free services, food, prizes, and fun to young parents from across the city. I look forward to continuing to partner with them as well as watch them grow.