These have been trying times for all of us, and I hope this note finds you healthy and capturing moments of joy
when possible. The moms, families, and staff of Jeremiah Program are trying to do just that, and we thank you
for your support in making it possible.
None of us know exactly what the future holds, but one thing we know for sure is that our JP moms and their
families need our partnership and support more than ever.
When I last updated you, I promised that
Jeremiah Program would do more in the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic. I also promised that
JP would rise to the occasion of the nation’s much needed racial awakening, all while still providing our proven
programming to single moms and their children who are striving to disrupt the cycle of poverty they’re
And with your help, we are.
JP MOMS ARE THE ARCHITECTS OF THEIR FUTURE
We’re looking at all of our program resources and making sure that our moms are centered in everything we do, acknowledging the trauma, and systemic and structural inequities,
that are woven through their realities as women experiencing poverty. Jeremiah provides the necessary
supports for moms to empower themselves on the path out of poverty, but we know that people who experience
the challenges are the best architects of the solutions. We’re positioning the JP moms to be those architects for
their families and communities, not just recipients of services.
To that end, our moms are bringing a renewed energy to the reimagining of the JP experience, from first
learning of the program to realizing their vision of their futures. This includes participating in a healthy review
of our crucial Empowerment and Life Skills classes and having a voice in how JP navigates the restrictions
caused by the pandemic.
We’re strengthening every aspect of our infrastructure to ensure that we’re able to deepen our program
resources for all of our moms and children, and those that are yet to come. We’re conducting a complete
upgrade across all the JP campuses to a modern network that will provide a faster and more reliable connection
to the Internet, and we’re supplying laptops and tablets to families. This is absolutely critical to ensure that
families are able to fully participate in JP programming, pursue their educations, and work remotely where possible.
MOTHERS LEAD OUR FUTURE
The majority of JP moms are women of color, and they and their JP sisters were already experiencing the
poverty that comes from structural inequities. And now, the country is going through an economic downturn
that has disproportionately seen women lose the low-wage jobs that they absolutely depend on while trying to
complete their educations, and being the sole caregivers for their children as they also go to school at home.
As an organization, we’re bringing race into the conversation about how we go about our work disrupting
poverty and acknowledging that a woman’s race plays a significant role in the type of education she receives,
whether she grows up in poverty and her future economic outlook.
This fall, Jeremiah Program will launch an important new fellowship initiative that will strengthen
our advocacy efforts by building a mobilizing movement comprised of JP alumnae who will push the needle on
educational access, workforce development, and youth advocacy programs for families headed by single mother students experiencing poverty. This project will give voice to women through powerful storytelling and also
support them and their children across their educational and career trajectories.
And we’re developing robust new learning packets for our teachers and moms to use with JP children. We want all of our children to receive culturally
competent lessons that celebrate their greatness and embrace the richness and differences of all communities.
As we continue our commitment to do more, we must remember that generational poverty is not an economic
issue. It is, and always has been, a social justice issue. And we must remember that the path to economic
mobility begins with a degree and a job. With your help, every one of our Jeremiah Program moms will have them.
We’re in this together.
Chastity Lord - President and CEO