ADVOCATES FOR ADOLESCENT MOTHERS

Breaking Barriers. Exceeding Expectations. Empowering Young Parents To Empower Themselves.

aka AFAM   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.advocatesforadolescentmothers.com

Mission

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is 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.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Lillian Harris

Main address

PO Box 43234 % Lillian S Harris

Chicago, IL 60643 USA

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EIN

26-2043670

NTEE code info

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Advocates for Adolescent Mothers addresses childhood poverty and provides economic empowerment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Empowerment Program

Less than 2% of teen mothers earn a college degree before the age of 30. Education is one of the most powerful weapons against poverty, yet many young mothers do not have access to adequate support as they endeavor to earn their college degrees.

The Educational Empowerment Program is an asset-based antipoverty program that provides financial and socio-emotional support to young mothers who are in college. The Educational Empowerment Program is designed to equip young parents to break the poverty cycle by preventing child abuse, educating them about child development; providing entrepreneurial training; and increasing the number of young mothers who graduate from college, by addressing specific barriers that often prevent college completion.

Participants of the Educational Empowerment Program receive mentoring, participate in informational workshops, establish long and short-term goals, and are offered financial support each academic year.

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is one of the only U.S. organizations that provides a systemic and integrated approach to poverty reduction among this population by offering holistic and comprehensive support to teen and young mom college students. The support offered through the Educational Empowerment Program can provide young moms a greater pathway out of poverty than the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal program acknowledged for boosting families out of poverty.

Population(s) Served

Many teen mothers and their children encounter homelessness, yet this issue has been under-investigated. Available research about homelessness among young parents indicate that:
• Forty percent of homeless youth in Illinois have 1 or more children;
• Children of homeless teen mothers are 3 times more likely to experience homelessness as adults more than once;
• Sixty percent of homeless teen mothers have experienced homelessness 7 times or more.

Research is critical to the development of social welfare policy, influential to the allotment of federal funding, and vital to the provision of social services. Advocates for Adolescent Mothers research is a tactical approach toward advocating for young parents.
The Teen Parent Stable Housing Study is a longitudinal study through which administrative data is collected about the prevalence of homelessness among young mothers in multiple cities nationally, beginning in Chicago. Organizations that provide services to young mothers are the participants of the Teen Parent Stable Housing Study. Participating organizations receive ongoing technical assistance from Advocates for Adolescent Mothers.

Population(s) Served

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers Holiday Drive program delivers compassion to homeless and underprivileged youth at Christmas.

Our Holiday Drive program begins with the collection of toys and outerwear, culminates with our Holiday Social, and ends with the Holiday Party, where we deliver the gifts to the young moms and their children.

Population(s) Served

Advocacy Through Art is a program in partnership with After School Matters, serving college bound young mom high school students. This program will service the first group of students summer 2016. Participants explore various forms of art and learn to use art as a form of self expression and an instrument of advocacy. Other topics including etiquette, college prep, financial literacy, and child developmental milestones are covered during this program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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Context Notes

AFAM has been recognized as a Top Rated Women's Organization by GreatNonprofits since 2011. We maintained GuideStar silver status or better (currently platinum status) since 2013.

Number of volunteers

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Number of clients served

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Hours of mentoring

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Participants of our Educational Empowerment Program receive mentoring.

Number of public events held to further mission

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Number of research studies conducted

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Related Program

Teen Parent Stable Housing Study

Context Notes

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers Teen Parent Stable Housing Study is a longitudinal study about the prevalence of homelessness among young mothers in Chicago.

Number of curricula designed

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Educational Empowerment Program

Percent of young mom college student participants who maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher

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Educational Empowerment Program

Context Notes

Educational Empowerment Participants are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. One hundred percent of active participants have maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA since the program started.

Percent of young mom college students who delayed a subsequent pregnancy

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Educational Empowerment Program

Context Notes

Participants are empowered to delay additional pregnancies until they are prepared to financially, emotionally, & physically meet the demands of parenting more than 1 child and have graduated college.

Percent of young mom college students who secured a FT job within 3 months of program completion/college graduation

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Educational Empowerment Program

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As of May 2016, we have assisted 3 young mom college students to graduate with bachelor's degrees. Each of these young moms secured FT employment within 3 months of graduating.

Percent of young mom college students who have graduated with a bachelor's degree upon program completion

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Related Program

Educational Empowerment Program

Context Notes

As of May 2016, we have assisted 3 young mom college students to graduate with bachelor's degrees. Our first two participants graduated in spring 2015.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

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In 2010 our founder was a guest on Charity Chat. In 2011, she was featured in the Examiner, "Meet curvy philanthropist Lillian Harris". In 2012, she was featured on The LOVE Perspective radio show.

Number of print, radio, or online ads developed

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In 2015 AFAM's Holiday Drive Program was marketed on iHeart media radio stations and website. In 2010, our Back to School Celebration was featured in radio ads.

Number of meetings with policymakers or candidates

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Back to School Celebration: Alderman Fioretti makes opening speech in 2010; Alderman Cochran supports & makes speech in 2012. In 2014 our founder speaks with US Sen Durbin's staff in Washington, D.C.

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

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Our founder receives letter reply from President Barack Obama.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As part of our mission to help young parents break the cycle of poverty, it is one of our primary goals to increase the number of young mothers who earn college degrees, a goal addressed by our Educational Empowerment Program.
A few more specific outcomes for participants of our program include:
-delayed subsequent pregnancies;
-active enrollment in an accredited college or university;
-maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher;
-establishing long and short-term goals.

Our organization also aims to advocate for young parents regarding issues that impact families headed by young parents.

We accomplish the goals of our Educational Empowerment Program by engaging participants at regular workshops and by providing mentorship.

The research we produce is one of our ongoing methods of advocacy. Our advocacy is also performed by community outreach, as well as various publications and campaigns that disseminate information about families headed by young parents to increase awareness and minimize stigmatism.

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers has a tactical approach for accomplishing our antipoverty mission, as demonstrated by our current and planned programs including the Educational Empowerment program.

Since 2009, our accomplishments have included:

• Earning GuideStar Exchange Platinum status.
• Earning GuideStar Exchange Gold status in 2016.
• Earning GuideStar Exchange Gold status in 2015.
• Earning the Top-Rated Women's Charity status from GreatNonprofits for a 7th consecutive year in 2017.
• Producing our first 3 college graduates who earned bachelor's degrees as of May 2016.
• Contributing to the development of the Chicago Department of Public Health's Action Plan for Healthy Adolescents in 2014.
• Being selected as a GoodCity incubator program 2012.
• Providing internships to 5 graduating college seniors from Loyola University and Columbia College.
• Distributing more than $4350 in financial support to young mothers in college through our Educational Empowerment Program, which started in 2011.
• Offering the first After School Matters Program exclusively for college bound young moms in high school, resulting in young moms receiving $3360 in stipends.
• Providing approximately 1300 toys and 750 coats to homeless and underprivileged young moms and children for Christmas since 2011.
• Providing backpacks and school supplies to approximately 200 young moms and other underprivileged youth from 2010-2012.

Financials

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ADVOCATES FOR ADOLESCENT MOTHERS

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lillian Harris

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No