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Teen Mom Barrier # 4 The Challenges of College


Less than 1% of teen moms will graduate from college by the age of 30. This represents a significant barrier to self-sufficiency because even if a teen mom graduates from high school, her average annual earnings will, on average, still be $17,500 less than a college graduate.

Amazingly, 40% of the teen moms who complete the GED Program at Hope House of Colorado move on to some form of further education, with the help of the Hope House College/Career Program. What makes this even more incredible is that the majority of the teen mothers served through Hope House are the first member of their family to earn a GED or high school diploma, let alone attend college.

Therefore, the success of the College/Career Program begins with simple exposure. Hope House provides quarterly field trips to college campuses and then offers assistance with FAFSA and financial aid applications. Critical to ongoing success after college enrollment is access to tutoring and a computer lab, and though many colleges provide these functions, most teen mothers cannot access them without help with childcare.

For this reason, both Hope House of Colorado and The CARE Center, in Holyoke, Mass., provide childcare while their teen moms study or work with tutors. The CARE Center boasts an impressive 75% college entry rate upon their teen moms’ completion of GED.

Both nonprofits provide an array of resources, but most importantly, both live out their value of providing an “excellent environment.”  Enter either organization and you immediately feel the warmth and caring. Laughter is a common sound, and celebration of success is the norm. The buildings themselves are bright, cheerful and nicely furnished. The CARE Center prides itself on providing art, literature and athletic programs, including a competitive rowing team! And this is all for a GED Program!!

Both Hope House and the CARE Center are proving that if barriers to college are removed and wrap-around services are provided, teen moms will be successful in breaking the cycle of poverty and abuse so often associated with the families they grew up in as they
not only complete high school or GED but college as well!

 

By Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado

 

 


 

 

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