Join us for a 60-minute session that will highlight the experiences of student parents in higher education. We’ll hear from Nicole Lynn Lewis, CEO and founder of Generation Hope, former teen mother, social entrepreneur, and author, about her own lived experience as a young student parent and why she founded Generation Hope in 2010. Nicole will share best practices for student parent success through systemic shifts in higher education and state/national advocacy. She will also speak about her new book, Pregnant Girl, which is part memoir and part call to action.

A college degree is transformative for student parents, but despite earning higher GPAs, on average, than their non-parenting peers, an estimated 52 percent of undergraduate student parents leave school without a degree within six years, compared to 32 percent of students without children. Nicole will facilitate a panel of three Generation Hope Scholars--all teen parents or former teen parents pursuing their college degrees-- who will share their experiences with balancing parenting, school, and work. Panelists will also discuss the kinds of supports that have enabled them to persist through their higher education journeys.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the unique circumstances student parents face and learn holistic approaches to supporting student parents and their children. Generation Hope provides these supports so whole families can build legacies of opportunity and employment through educational attainment.


Date: August 18, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes


Nicole Lynn LewisNicole Lynn Lewis, CEO and founder, Generation Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis graduated from the College of William & Mary with high honors in four years. But behind this success story is another narrative: Nicole was a teen mom and arrived on campus with her three-month-old daughter in tow. She went through periods of homelessness, food insecurity, and having to decide between paying for books or heat during the winter. As one of few, if not the only, student parents on campus, she was often one of the few Black women in many of her classes.

Student-parent panelists:

Chae Eun JungChae Eun Jung, freshman, Northern Virginia Community College, nursing major

Lauryn HartridgeLauryn Hartridge, sophomore, Howard University, history major with a political science minor

Syeedah WhiteSyeedah White, graduate, Bowie State University, Bachelor’s of Psychology, beginning a Master’s in Counseling in the fall