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Knowledge Share #14: Creating Connections through Children

Posted On: April 18, 2017
Category: What We Do
At six months old, Blake loved connecting with the big people in his life. He made eye contact with every caregiver...

Knowledge Share #13: Managing Volunteers: Benjamin Franklin had it right!

Posted On: March 13, 2017
Category: What We Do
As with most nonprofit organizations, at Hope House are volunteers are crucial. We could not do what we do without them!

Knowledge Share #12: Advocacy and Self-Sufficiency: Finding the Balance

Posted On: February 14, 2017
Category: What We Do
My main role is to advocate for our teen moms... to help them when they are in crisis and to connect them to the right resources...

Knowledge Share #11: Effective PR and Spot On Communications

Posted On: January 18, 2017
Category: What We Do
As the PR professional at your nonprofit, you play a key role in driving fundraising, both directly and indirectly. You have a unique challenge: How can I tell my employer's story in a way that is engaging and memorable while also moving people to a change in attitude or behavior about both teen moms and my employer?

Knowledge Share #9: "Fundraising for Non-Profits: An Insider's Perspective"

Posted On: September 22, 2016
Category: What We Do
When I transitioned from the for-profit to the non-profit sector as the Director of Development for Hope House of Colorado, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.

Knowledge Share #4:Understanding Addiction

Posted On: April 07, 2016
Category: What We Do
Is addiction a choice, character flaw, weakness or brain disease?

Knowledge Share #3:Mentoring Empowers Teen Moms

Posted On: March 21, 2016
Category: What We Do
Mentoring can happen in many ways and make a real difference. Whether it's informally playing basketball with a neighborhood kid at the local rec center or finding an organization to volunteer for, it can be an effective method for connecting with a younger generation.

Knowledge Share #1: Brain Development

Posted On: January 12, 2016
Category: What We Do
One of my favorite classes to teach as the Parent Educator at Hope House is on brain development. The human brain is absolutely fascinating and understanding how it works makes for a better parent - at any age.

Teen Mom Barrier #8: Communicating the Barriers

Posted On: December 16, 2015
Category: What We Do
Story. It is the most powerful communication tool on the planet. The best selling book of all time -- the Bible -- is filled with stories because stories are what capture the heart and transform lives.

TEEN MOM BARRIER #6: GENERATIONAL POVERTY

Posted On: July 16, 2015
Category: What We Do
Poverty is a vicious cycle indeed. However, an impressive 90% of the teen moms served through Hope House of Colorado are not just trying to break the cycle of poverty - they are trying to break the cycle of generational poverty - defined as originating from a family that has lived in poverty for at least two generations.

Teen Mom Barrier Number #5: Domestic Violence

Posted On: June 03, 2015
Category: What We Do
The jangling phone startled me awake. A glance at the clock told me it was just past midnight. As soon as I recognized the voice of the crying girl on the other end of the line, my heartbeat spiked.

Teen Mom Barrier # 4 The Challenges of College

Posted On: May 12, 2015
Category: What We Do
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.

Teen Mom Barrier #3: The Unexpected Bill: Car Repair, Doctor's Visit, Broken Pipe

Posted On: April 03, 2015
Category: What We Do
Becoming pregnant at 18, dropping out of school, and getting married wasn't Patricia's dream for her life. Yet when sweet baby Kayla was born just before Christmas 2008, both Patricia and Ben knew that they would do anything it took to be good parents to this little girl -- no matter how hard they had to work...

Teen Mom Misconception #7: Teen Moms Are Completely Self-Absorbed

Posted On: December 29, 2014
Category: What We Do
According to the latest MTV episode on the life of a teen mom, these young mothers are self-absorbed, drama-driven, gossip girls who spend most of their time wrapped up in their own drama. The truth is that these young women struggle for acceptance, face harsh judgment from others, and deeply fear rejection.

Teen Mom Misconception #6: Teen moms drop out of school because they want to

Posted On: October 31, 2014
Category: What We Do
Teen moms just want to live off of welfare. Teen moms are all about living off the system. These are some of the more blatantly wrong yet widely held falsehoods about teen moms. The truth is that the vast majority of teen moms want to finish school, get a job and be able to pay their bills on their own -- without government assistance. The harsh reality is that less than half of teen moms get the opportunity to complete high school…

Teen Mom Misconceptions #5: Success is Impossible

Posted On: September 22, 2014
Category: What We Do
In Her Own Words Our waiter hadn't noticed that while he was giving my 3-year-old daughter a puzzled look, I was glaring at him. I cleared my throat as I repeated my order, requesting an apple juice for Sophia before he left to put in our order. Sophia was obliviously coloring in the children's menu while...

Misconception #4: Shaming Teen Moms is an Effective Approach

Posted On: July 22, 2014
Category: What We Do
Do a quick Internet search on the stereotypes teen moms often hear, and in about two seconds you'll see blog posts from real teen moms like the one below: "Slutty drop-out welfare teen mom with a dead beat baby daddy" This comment was written by a teen mom on a blog site, followed by the following statement. "We face these judgments on a daily basis, but they're excused because we 'deserve' the poor treatment, and to be ashamed and humiliated, in order to prevent other girls from getting pregnant."

Breaking the Cycle: Do Poor Teens Have to Become Poor Adults?

Posted On: July 30, 2013
Category: What We Do
Do you know how to get a library card? Are your children participating in Little League, piano lessons, dance or soccer? Do you help them with their homework? If you are reading this blog, chances are good that you are middle class and that you easily answered Yes to these questions...

Measuring the Intangible

Posted On: June 15, 2013
Category: What We Do
Over 5,400 babies are born to teen moms in Colorado each year. These moms have more than just their age in common...

Blog Archives

April 2017

Knowledge Share #14: Creating Connections through Children - 04/18/2017


March 2017

Knowledge Share #13: Managing Volunteers: Benjamin Franklin had it right! - 03/13/2017


February 2017

Knowledge Share #12: Advocacy and Self-Sufficiency: Finding the Balance - 02/14/2017


January 2017

Knowledge Share #11: Effective PR and Spot On Communications - 01/18/2017


November 2016

Knowledge Share #10: I Walk the Line: Creating Deep Connections While Maintaining Professional Boundaries - 11/15/2016


September 2016

Knowledge Share #9: "Fundraising for Non-Profits: An Insider's Perspective" - 09/22/2016


August 2016

Knowledge Share #8: Breaking Out of Poverty - 08/18/2016


July 2016

Knowledge Share #7: Creating a Home - 07/11/2016


June 2016

Knowledge Share #6: The Power of Mindset - 06/14/2016


May 2016

Knowledge Share #5: College or Bust! - 05/17/2016


April 2016

Knowledge Share #4:Understanding Addiction - 04/07/2016


March 2016

Knowledge Share #3:Mentoring Empowers Teen Moms - 03/21/2016


February 2016

Knowledge Share #2: Healthy Relationships - 02/11/2016


January 2016

Knowledge Share #1: Brain Development - 01/12/2016


December 2015

Teen Mom Barrier #8: Communicating the Barriers - 12/16/2015


October 2015

Teen Mom Barrier #7: Homelessness - 10/09/2015


July 2015

TEEN MOM BARRIER #6: GENERATIONAL POVERTY - 07/16/2015


June 2015

Teen Mom Barrier Number #5: Domestic Violence - 06/03/2015


May 2015

Teen Mom Barrier # 4 The Challenges of College - 05/12/2015


April 2015

Teen Mom Barrier #3: The Unexpected Bill: Car Repair, Doctor's Visit, Broken Pipe - 04/03/2015


February 2015

Teen Mom Barrier #2: Childcare - 02/18/2015


January 2015

Teen Mom Barrier #1: Society's Negative Expectations - 01/26/2015


December 2014

Teen Mom Misconception #7: Teen Moms Are Completely Self-Absorbed - 12/29/2014


October 2014

Teen Mom Misconception #6: Teen moms drop out of school because they want to - 10/31/2014


September 2014

Teen Mom Misconceptions #5: Success is Impossible - 09/22/2014


July 2014

Misconception #4: Shaming Teen Moms is an Effective Approach - 07/22/2014


June 2014

Misconception #3: Mentoring Teen Moms is Complicated - 06/05/2014


May 2014

Because they want someone to love them? - 05/21/2014


April 2014

Teen Moms - A Persecuted Population? - 04/22/2014


March 2014

Connecting across the Continents: Teen Moms and the People Who Love Them - 03/18/2014


February 2014

Can you break out of poverty with a vocabulary of just 900 words? - 02/17/2014


January 2014

Community - 01/20/2014


December 2013

8 Pennies - 12/18/2013


November 2013

"The most courageous young women I know." - 11/14/2013


September 2013

Our Graduates: In their hands, they hold the future! - 09/30/2013


August 2013

The Cliff Effect and Other Perils on the Journey to Self-Sufficiency - 08/30/2013


July 2013

Breaking the Cycle: Do Poor Teens Have to Become Poor Adults? - 07/30/2013


June 2013

Measuring the Intangible - 06/15/2013


May 2013

Grown-Up Mom - 05/01/2013


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