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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

Hello,
My name is Walter T Deigh.I was compelled to make my first donation after reading a post on Lillian Harris's timeline about her story on homelessness. I was deeply touched and made a commitment to her charity, AFAM.
I have continued to donate to AFAM because of what AFAM stands for and its mission statement. People need help and when you come accross a charity that touches your heart, you give as you would expect others to if the tables were turned.
As a charity,AFAM meets my expectations through its transparency. I've learnt a lot about the past, current and future activities, challenges and changes in and within AFAM. I am very impressed with the scholarship qualifications and criteria set by the organisation.
AFAM can improve if we have more donors and more qualified recepients to participate in the program. The process is already in place it only needs participants that would take
AFAM nationwide,beyond the borders of Illinois and become a force to be reckoned with nationaly.
I hope i was close enough to where and when events are held so I can always offer my physical and moral support.
AFAM for life!

Donor

Rating: 4

I was compelled to make my first donation after reading a post on Lillian Harris's timeline about her story on homelessness. I was deeply touched and made a commitment to her charity, AFAM.
I have continued to donate to AFAM because of what AFAM stands for and its mission statement. People need help and when you come accross a charity that touches your heart, you give as you would expect others to if the tables were turned.
As a charity,AFAM meets my expectations through its transparency. I've learnt a lot about the past, current and future activities, challenges and changes in and within AFAM. I am very impressed with the scholarship qualifications and criteria set by the organisation.
AFAM can improve if we have more donors and more qualified recepients to participate in the program. The process is already in place it only needs participants that would take
AFAM nationwide,beyond the borders of Illinois and become a force to be reckoned with nationaly.
I hope i was close enough to where and when events are held so I can always offer my physical and moral support.
AFAM for life!

Chris205

Donor

Rating: 5

I can remember what my siblings and I went through as children. Single mother bouncing around family/shelter/housing. As small children we don't understand our parents struggle, but as we grow older we realize what it took to care for and provide for us. Lillian and her organization serve a critical function for single mothers and I'm proud to be able to support in any way possible!

Antoine S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Proud to be a donor to AFAM as they provide much needed assistance to young women during the challenges of motherhood. This is a valuable resource to the community and it's role in the community is critically important.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to AFAM I believe this organization provides a much needed service to the community. The founder, Ms. Lillian Harris, is genuinely passionate about helping people who would otherwise be stigmatized by society.

Donor

Rating: 5

AFAM has far exceeded my expectations as a nonprofit. I remember when the founder of this wonderful nonprofit spoke of it as a dream to help adolescent mothers. Since then, my wife and I have watched her dream become a reality. It is amazing what God will do when you have a heart for His people. This is also an inspiration to anyone who has a dream. Dreams come true. My wife and I have donated to AFAM and we will continue to donate to such a valuable resource in the community. I urge anyone who is reading this to donate any amount to this wonderful nonprofit. God bless AFAM!

Patricia36

Donor

Rating: 5

I am pleased to support AFAM because of the passion and dedication of the founder, Lillian Harris. The same drive and determination that catapulted Lillian from a struggling and sometimes homeless adolescent mother to a social worker with a master's degree from one of the world's most renowned universities is what propels this organization forward. Consistently. Lillian gives openly and generously from her heart. She's walked in the shoes of the teens in her program. And she is laser-focused on empowering and inspiring them to be great mothers, and supporting them against any obstacles that could impede them from continuing their education.

Donor

Rating: 5

AFAM is an outstanding organization with demonstrated commitment to young mothers and the challenges they face. The programs and fundraising events sponsored by AFAM are truly wonderful. I donated to this organization because I believe in the work that they do.