A Reason For Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis knows what it’s like to feel as if you don’t belong on a campus. As a teenage mom at the College of William & Mary she balanced the challenges of academe with rearing an infant daughter. Lewis finished her degree, but she concedes, “My story is rare.” As the nonprofit organization she founded, Generation Hope, begins its ninth year, Lewis shares details about the program, which has grown to 100 students attending colleges in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To help them succeed, she says, “We have to pay more attention to what is happening in the lives of our students.”

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