Outcomes from Jeremiah Program's 2Gen approach to improving the lives of single mothers and their children.
Jeremiah Program is a nonprofit organization that offers one of the country’s most successful two-generation anti-poverty solutions for families headed by single mothers. Our mission is to transform families from poverty to prosperity. Jeremiah Program partners with diverse single mothers living below the poverty line and their young children to advance social and economic mobility for both generations. The program provides the opportunities and tools; the young mothers, most of whom come from challenging backgrounds, have to do the work.
The program has high expectations for determined young women to further their education and to prepare their children for school success. Our approach begins with establishing a supportive community for determined single mothers to pursue a career-track, college education.
- 455 women and children served in five cities across the U.S.
- 68 percent increase in earnings for 2016 Jeremiah graduates from what they were earning when they entered the program
- 70 percent of moms across all Jeremiah campuses who were academic all-stars (earning a GPA of 3.0 or above)
- 81 percent of alumnae children who attended a Jeremiah child development center are performing at or above grade level in elementary or middle school
- $47,609 average income of graduates from the past five years
- 15,714 volunteer hours given by 1,422 volunteers across our locations
In 2016, Jeremiah Program made progress across all four of our strategic objectives:
Growth. Jeremiah completed campus construction in Austin, Texas; advanced preparatory work to build the Fargo, North Dakota-Moorhead, Minnesota, campus; and devoted significant time to explore innovative models of delivery that allow us to serve more families more quickly, such as our non-residential model in Boston, Massachusetts. We also introduced two initiatives in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, to increase programmatic reach: mental health and expanded career-readiness services. Our goal is to increase the number of families we serve by 70 percent by 2018.
Impact. In order to enhance and improve our expansion efforts, we developed a new community handbook that streamlines the campus development process. We also established the groundwork for a 20-year longitudinal study slated for 2017. This study will investigate which programmatic elements made the most significant and measurable impact on family prosperity.
Leadership. Jeremiah Program president and CEO Gloria Perez, and Director of Program Excellence Wanda N. Walker, presented as experts on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty at several national conferences, including the Aspen Institute State of 2 Gen Roundtable, U.S. Department of Education Better Outcomes Through a 2Gen Approach Conference, and Office of Family Assistance Convening in Washington, D.C. Gloria also spoke on a panel at Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jeremiah’s national governing board of directors formed a policy task force to advance the organization’s knowledge and leadership in key policy arenas.
Capacity. Jeremiah established a new national headquarters in Minneapolis to accommodate growth. We also upgraded our IT systems and expanded our finance, advancement and human resources teams to better serve existing and new program sites. This included the hire of our first-ever chief advancement officer and chief operations officer.
Learn more about Jeremiah Program's holistic efforts to support and improve the lives of single mothers and their families.