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Our Graduates: In their hands, they hold the future!
This week I had the privilege of attending one of our GED graduation celebrations. I sat on the stage with our Board President and GED Instructor and watched while our teen moms marched down the aisle in cap and gown to the traditional strains of Pomp and Circumstance. Each girl glowed with pride as family members, dressed in their best, stood to honor the graduates. As with every GED ceremony, I was moved to tears, knowing how much these girls had overcome to get to this moment -- and how many more challenges lay ahead for them.
Most of our teen moms dropped out of school by the 9th grade. Education is the first victim in a home life in chaos. For many of our girls, hunger is a reality, and addiction and violence at home are the norm. It’s hard to focus on homework when you don’t feel safe. Only one-third of teenage mothers will get their high school diploma, and less than 1% will ever graduate college. These grim statistics often condemn the children of teen mothers to repeat the pattern dropping out, creating generational cycles of poverty and government dependence.
On this warm fall night, however, there is only hope in the air as our GED teacher finishes her speech and tells her girls they can move their tassels from the right to the left. I feel hopeful, too, knowing that our newly opened Learning Lab will now provide free tutoring, computer access and basic support to the 90% of our GED graduates who choose to go on to further education. Congratulations, girls. I am so very proud of you!
By Lisa Steven, Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado
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Eva said: I am so proud of Vanessa good friend of mine and mother. [more]