HARRIS' HEROES

Generation Hope helps teen mothers succeed in college

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Refusing to be derailed, teen mom Nicole Lynn Lewis began her freshman year at the college of William and Mary with her newborn baby.

To say it was a tough juggling act for Lewis is an understatement.

"Sometimes your baby is teething, it's the middle of the night, you have a mid-term the next day and you're wondering, am I even going to be able to do this,” Lewis says.

But she made it and even went on to get her masters. And now Lewis is reaching out to the teen parents who come behind her.

Children and their young parents now have a better chance at a good life thanks to Lewis and her non-profit organization Generation Hope.

"This area, we have a teen pregnancy rate that's nearly double the national average, in D.C.," she says. In addition to parenting classes, Generation Hope gives these young moms and dads the financial support they need to get a college degree.

And they get individual mentors, like the one who helped Marikit Williams when she was on the verge of dropping out of the University of Maryland.

Only two years old, this program saw its first scholar graduate earlier this year.

Alyssa Bullock's mentor is helping her make it through Howard University.

"And I just wrapped up my first year,” Bullock says. “My first semester, I got a 3.75 and my second semester I got a 4.0, so that's a 3.9 for the year."

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