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WHO IS ADVOCATES FOR ADOLESCENT MOTHERS?
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is an emerging, top-rated 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.

WHAT DO
WE DO?
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers unique programming and activities
addresses the needs of young parents. Our current programs activities include:

The Educational Empowerment Program is an anti-poverty program
that provides financial support to young mothers in college.

The Teen Parent Stable Housing Study, a longitudinal study that
collects administrative data about the prevalence of homelessness
among young mothers in multiple cities nationally, beginning with
Chicago.

Through our Holiday Drive program, we collect toys and coats and offer
them as Christmas gifts to homeless young moms and their children.
The Holiday Drive starts with the collection of toys and outerwear,
culminates with our holiday social, and ends with the Holiday Party,
where we deliver gifts to the young moms and their children.

In the future we will offer scholarships, and supportive housing to homeless
young mothers and their children. Our national advocacy alliance, combined
with the research we produce, serves as a voice for the needs and concerns of
young parents; influences local, state, and federal legislation; and provides
practitioners with evidence based practices that will strengthen their efficacy
in serving this population.

WHY DO
WE DO IT?
The lives of most pregnant and parenting youth become very complex from
the moment they learn of their pregnancy. In addition to many other barriers
that young mothers face, many of them encounter homelessness. Despite the
sad reality that young mothers and their children often experience
homelessness, there are very few organizations that provide them housing.

  • 60% of teen moms were victims of child sexual abuse.

  • 33% of teen moms do not graduate high school before the age of 22.

  • Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree before the age of 30.

  • 25% of teen moms become pregnant again within 2 years.

  • A 2005 study revealed a point-in-time estimate of nearly 2000 children
    of homeless youth in Illinois.

  • Children of homeless teen moms are 3 times more likely to experience
    homelessness themselves more than once as adults.

WHAT CAN
YOU DO?

  • Consider becoming a Board member.
  • Join our National Advocacy Alliance.
  • Become a community support member.
  • Make a donation.

For additional information about any of the above opportunities, please send
your inquiries by email to contact@advocatesforadolescentmothers.com.

AFAM asks for your patience as this website is continually developed. While this
site is still under construction, AFAM encourages patrons to peruse this website for
educational information, inspiration/encouragement, research, and testimonies of
other adolescent mothers. We ask that you check back frequently for further
developments and additional resources.

Thank You!!!
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers                                              P.O. BOX 43234          
Email: contact@advocatesforadolescentmothers.com              Chicago, IL 60643 - 0234
























CHECK OUT THE TAKEOVER, THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE
ARCHIVE, OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER. THE MAY EDITION OF
THE ARCHIVE FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE
EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
CAN BE READ HERE.

COMING SOON! CATALYST 98! A FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
INSPIRED BY THE EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT
PROGRAM, EMPOWERING YOUNG MOMS IN COLLEGE TO
EARN A COLLEGE DEGREE AND ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL
ASSETS! FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK FOR
UPDATES!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER,
LILLIAN HARRIS, WHO WAS RECOGNIZED FOR A THIRD
YEAR AS A CHICAGO ANGEL BY MAVEN'S DIVA SERIES
EVENT!

MISSION150 ACCOMPLISHED! WE PROVIDED
APPROXIMATELY 600 TOYS AND NEARLY 300 COATS TO
HOMELESS & UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUNG MOMS AND
CHILDREN AT 5 CHICAGO AREA NONPROFITS SINCE 2011.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WE'RE HOPING TO EXPAND
TO NORTHWEST INDIANA FOR CHRISTMAS 2014! FOR
INFORMATION ON SPONSORSHIP OR PARTNERSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE EMAIL
ADMIN@ADVOCATESFORADOLESCENTMOTHERS.COM.

ADVOCATES FOR ADOLESCENT MOTHERS RECOGNIZED
NATIONALLY BY GREAT NONPROFITS AS A TOP RATED
WOMEN'S NONPROFIT! CHECK OUT OUR PAGE AND LEAVE
US YOUR POSITIVE REVIEWS!

NEW RESEARCH ARTICLES AVAILABLE ON THE RESEARCH
PAGE. MORE RESEARCH TO COME IN THE VERY NEAR
FUTURE. STAY POSTED FOR THE DEBUT OF RESEARCH
CONDUCTED BY AFAM'S FOUNDER ABOUT
HOMELESSNESS AMONG YOUNG MOTHERS IN CHICAGO.

AFAM's TESTIMONIES PAGE. CURRENT AND FORMER
ADOLESCENT MOTHERS ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR
INSPIRING STORIES TO ENCOURAGE AND MOTIVATE
OTHERS. EMAIL YOUR STORY TO
ADMIN@ADVOCATESFORADOLESCENTMOTHERS.COM.


In The Community...

AFAM FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, LILLIAN HARRIS, RECEIVES
THE ZETA ZEAL AWARD FROM ZETA PHI BETA XI MU ZETA
CHICAGO CHAPTER, MARCH 2013.

AFAM FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, LILLIAN HARRIS, TO
RECEIVE THE ORCHID AWARD FROM TOP LADIES OF
DISTINCTION INC, DECEMBER 2013.


National News...

AFAM FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, LILLIAN HARRIS RECEIVED
HEALTHY TEEN NETWORK'S OUTSTANDING TEEN PARENT
AWARD, NOVEMBER 2006.

Global News...

AFAM FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, LILLIAN HARRIS RECEIVES
STARTINGBLOC FELLOWSHIP! CONGRATULATIONS LILLIAN!
COMING SOON

OPEN INVITATION TO APPLY FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP.  FOLLOW THIS LINK
TO RETRIEVE AN APPLICATION FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP.

              COMPLETED APPLICATIONS CAN BE EMAILED TO
         ADMIN@ADVOCATESFORADOLESCENTMOTHERS.COM.
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014-15 EDUCATIONAL
EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
TEEN MOMS WHO ARE ATTENDING COLLEGE IN
CHICAGO OR THE SURROUNDING SUBURBS SHOULD
APPLY! CLICK
HERE FOR THE APPLICATION!