Innovating and Evaluating with 2Gen Model

Evaluation of the newest Jeremiah model reveals opportunities

Hoping to take the success of Jeremiah Program to new levels and additional communities, a strategic vision was set to expand with an additional model – nonresidential programming. The model began in Boston and has expanded to New York. A November 2018 study revealed opportunities for the new model, opportunities Jeremiah has vowed to pursue.

“The key parts of the study tell us we have an expandable healthy model but we need to be aware of the pitfalls and find sustainable solutions,” said Gloria Perez, Jeremiah Program CEO.

While housing is one of the five pillars of the Jeremiah Program, the high cost of land for housing in communities with a dire need for the poverty-busting model made residential campuses impractical. So Jeremiah developed a model to collaborate with like-minded groups to serve young single mothers who wanted to pursue postsecondary education. In Boston that led to a partnership with Endicott College.

“Our biggest benefit in this model is the ability to scale and expand more quickly and serve many, many more mothers and their children,” Perez said. “The biggest challenge is not having that secure campus – housing that is safe and conducive to weekly training schedules.”

A step toward meeting the housing challenge in Boston includes the recently established Warren House.

“At Warren we have space for families to gather,” said Perez. “A study place for moms, a place to have empowerment classes and just an opportunity for camaraderie.”

Jeremiah’s strategic plan for the next five years focuses on expansion among other goals. The nonresidential model will play a role in the aggressive 170 percent increase in enrolled moms Jeremiah has targeted by 2023.

Adjusting the model to integrate more partnerships is a step closer to advancing the adapted model, taking advantage of community bandwidth and historic success.

“Boston has shown us that this model has the flexibility to meet families where they are,” said Perez. “Helping moms build social capital and bolster aspirations.”

The study was conducted by the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College and funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read the full study Endicott Boston Study or a recent Blog about the study here.

Jeremiah Program Exhibits at Twin Cities Women’s Expo

This year Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul is participating as a community organization exhibitor at the Twin Cities Women’s Expo event, Rock What You Got. This interactive two-day experience at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, January 25 & 26, offers performances and exhibitors that empower women to be proud of who they are. An event created by women, for women to celebrate all women!

Jeremiah Program is excited to share our mission of empowering women to transform their families, two generations at a time, with an audience whom encourages women to reach their full potential.

“For years, my friends and family have listened to me talk about how I wanted to inspire women to be who they want to be rather than what everyone else expects us to be,” said Twin Cities Women’s Expo Owner Buffie Blesi. “Rock What You Got is the realization of this dream and serves as a catalyst to help women and small businesses achieve their full potential.”

Looking to buy tickets? Use our code JP5OFF for $5 off any ticket!


Caryn Sullivan Interviews CEO Gloria Perez

Pioneer Press columnist, inspirational speaker and author Caryn Sullivan recently wrote about her conversation with Jeremiah Program CEO Gloria Perez. Here is an excerpt:

For Perez it’s gratifying to watch women rise above their insecurities, recognize they have a choice, and shape a different kind of future for themselves and their children.

As she will at a Team Women luncheon on Wednesday, Perez shares her philosophy about mentoring with Jeremiah mothers. Its value, she says, lies in the accountability an objective partner can offer. A mentor can help the mentee to walk through fear, engage in reflection, and accelerate goals.

Perez prides herself on establishing a bridge between donors and beneficiaries by offering insight and perspective. She helps the women to shift their belief system, explaining that their lot in life isn’t attributed to worth or luck and that, with support and effort, it can change.

Read the entire interview here at the Pioneer Press

Jeremiah Program Search for Chief Executive Officer

Jeremiah Program is seeking a visionary national leader as their next Chief Executive Officer. This is an incredible leadership opportunity to leverage this innovative and proven two-generation model and drive national growth. This high-profile Chief Executive Officer, working collaboratively with the National Governing Board of Directors, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of Jeremiah Program, a thriving 501c3 based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The CEO ensures the programming, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology, and fiscal activities are effectively implemented across the organization and consistent with the mission of Jeremiah Program. As the visible spokesperson for this growing national organization, the CEO is responsible for interpreting the vision, mission and programs to the National and Community Boards, staff, strategic partners and the greater public.

The ideal CEO will be an inspirational and visionary leader who will actively lead Jeremiah Program through continued expansion and change management. As the primary external face of the organization, the CEO will lead with passion and authenticity to promote the vision of Jeremiah Program in order to build trust with key external stakeholders and donors. The successful candidate will have the ability to motivate and inspire others. The new CEO will be highly relational, with proven ability to lead a complex, multi-site national organization or related.

For more information or to submit your credentials, email

All inquiries will remain confidential.

Please find the Position Profile CEO Jeremiah.

Jeremiah Reveals Imagination Playground Donated by KaBOOM! and General Motors

Jeremiah Program was awarded a Creative Play Grant from General Motors and KaBOOM! for an Imagination Playground.

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept created by architect David Rockwell and uses uniquely shaped foam blocks and loose parts to empower children to design their own course of play.

Jeremiah held a launch event on December 14, 2018 to thank KaBOOM! and General Motors, and to reveal the new playground to the children in our Child Development Center.

About KaBOOM!:
KaBOOM! is the national non‐profit dedicated to giving all kids—particularly those growing up in poverty in America—the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.
 Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.