A Generation of Hope
Rachel Fishman, New America
Nicole Lynn Lewis grew up middle-class, excelled academically in high school, and got accepted to several colleges. For her, college was always in the cards. Then, during her senior year, Lewis became pregnant.
Although approximately one in four undergraduates cares for a dependent, rarely do they attend the most selective institutions in the nation. This was not the case for Lewis. After taking a year off following high school graduation, Lewis started college full time at the College of William & Mary with her young daughter in toe. Her time in college as a caregiver-student spurred her into starting her own nonprofit, Generation Hope, to support other young parents pursuing their college degrees.