JP Voices

JP Voices

Mom Voices

What Do You Love About Being a Mom?

We asked Jeremiah Program moms and alumni what they love about motherhood. This is what they had to say.

JP Life

JP Families: Embracing New Beginnings With Courage and Confidence

Jeremiah Program President and CEO Chastity Lord considers learning to cross the street as a metaphor for JP families entering new phases of life and learning.

JP Life, Policy

Laying the Groundwork for Disrupting Generational Poverty: A Jeremiah Program Report

Jeremiah Program released our first report — on our introductory course for JP moms. Learn about the background and key findings.

JP Life

JP Summit 2024: The Power of Community

JP’s fourth annual summit — this time in Baltimore, Maryland — assembled nearly 400 JP moms, staff, alumni, and partners.

JP Life

Celebrating Jeremiah Program Volunteers

For National Volunteer Week, JP is spotlighting some of our amazing and most dedicated volunteers across our campuses.

JP Life, Mom Voices

JP Gave Me Time to Be Introspective and Intentional

For Brooklyn mom Melissa Peña, Jeremiah Program has given her the space to both reflect on the past and plan for the future.

JP Life, Mom Voices

Living Your Best Life Is a Marathon, not a Sprint

Inaugural JP Alumni Fellow LaSherion McDonald and current JP Fargo-Moorhead mom Alliyah Rosales encourage and affirm one another in this moving conversation.

JP Life, Leadership, Mom Voices

Coming Full Circle

Jeremiah Program alum Nekey Oliver reflects on her JP journey — from her time as a JP mom to advocating for moms as a community board member.

JP Life, Policy

What if Generosity Evoked Pride?

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord imagines all resource opportunities, for those with and without privilege, as investments in our collective future.

JP Life, Mom Voices

JP Moms Have a Common Goal: A Better Life

JP Las Vegas mom Alexis Brennan describes the tight community of her college campus and the support she feels from Jeremiah Program.

Policy

Remember the Game “Would You Rather?”

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord explains how JP partners with families to expand the list of perceived choices available to them.

JP Life, Mom Voices, Two Gen

Life, Love, and Community: One Family’s JP Journey

Inaugural JP Alumni Fellow Christine Smith recently sat down with her now-adult son, Benard, to discuss their JP experiences and how their past has shaped their present. They even learned some new things about each other.

JP Life, Policy

MacKenzie Scott Gift Will Bolster JP’s Work

This generous donation will help Jeremiah Program remain responsive to families and support our long-term goals.

JP Life, Policy

This Is Legacy Work

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord explains how JP partners with families to expand the list of perceived choices available to them.

JP Life, Mom Voices

A Brooklyn Mom’s Experience in Jeremiah Program

JP Brooklyn mom Felicia Medina counters stereotypes about single moms and describes the welcoming feel of the Brooklyn campus.

JP Life, Mom Voices

JP Showed Me That My Voice Matters

Jessica Funderburk, one of the first Jeremiah Program Las Vegas moms, shares her experience of finding support, confidence, and family in JP.

JP Life

Why the Questions We Ask Ourselves Matter

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord says we can’t solve complex problems like generational poverty without addressing their underlying systems.

JP Life, Mom Voices

From JP Mom to JP Teacher

Adrianee Powell was one of the first residents of the JP St. Paul campus. Now, she’s the campus’s newest early childhood teacher.

Mom Voices, Policy, Two Gen

Crafting Big Dreams for Myself and My Children

For JP Boston mom Tiffany Jenkins, there’s no question that she will be a successful entrepreneur. She’s laying the foundation right now.

JP Life, Leadership

Introducing the 2023-2024 Jeremiah Program Alumni Fellows

We are proud to introduce the members of the 2023-2024 Jeremiah Program Alumni Fellowship, a selective, 12-month, cohort-based leadership program.

Mom Voices

I Chose to Become the Girl I Wanted to Be

In this Story of Self, JP Alumni Fellow Erika Rodriguez describes her journey from being hurt to choosing herself and her children.

Mom Voices, Policy

Making the Case for Paid Family Leave

The evidence for a national paid family leave policy is abundant, says JP Alumni Fellow Erika Rosa. Let’s follow the data.

Photo of the author, Jinaa Lane
Mom Voices, Policy

Investing in Single Moms’ College Completion Benefits Families, Communities, and the Nation

2022 JP Alumni Fellow Jinaa Lane explains how supporting single moms in completing college in the short term will help economies at all levels in the long term.

JP Life, Leadership

Meet JP Baltimore Executive Director Danielle Staton

Danielle Staton, JP Baltimore’s inaugural executive director, helps lead a conversation on countering shame about single motherhood and building community.

JP Life

We Believe All Moms Matter

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord describes JP’s commitment to curating a world in which moms can choose both themselves and their children.

JP Life

JP’s First In-Person Summit: Empowered Moms Are the Future

JP moms, alumni, staff, and community partners gathered in Austin, Texas, for a weekend of learning, sisterhood, and community-building.

JP Life

Does the Past Author the Future?

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord suggests that, after an aggressive few years, planning the future will mean revisiting the past.

JP Life

There Is Power in the Mundane

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord says the tedium in life — including the journey economic mobility — is necessary to get to the epic moments.

Leadership

Meet New JP Las Vegas Executive Director Maria Tucker, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Tucker, the first-ever leader of JP Las Vegas, helps lead a critical discussion about generational poverty and prioritizes relationships in the campus’s first community event.

JP Life

We Do Nothing Alone

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord reflects on the JP community’s belief that great moms and their children deserve the opportunity to thrive.

Mom Voices, Policy

Building Generational Wealth and Changing the Narrative on Single Moms

JP Alumni Fellow Lavasha Smith knows single moms are world-builders and looks forward to co-creating prosperity for future generations of her family.

Mom Voices, Policy

A Mother’s Look into the Future: Not Just Surviving but Thriving

JP Alumni Fellow Ifrah Abdalla has been working since childhood — and her daughter’s happiness is her ultimate goal.

JP Life, Policy

Why Focus on Single Moms?

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord explains why we center single mothers and their families in our work.

Policy

Inflation: Let’s Do the Long Math

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord says economic mobility doesn’t work without childcare, without childcare teachers, without an equitable childcare system.

Mom Voices, Policy

Solving Our Big Problems Together

JP Alumni Fellow Ashley Mages is not going to stop speaking up in the name of necessary change for women, especially moms pursuing education.

Mom Voices, Policy

The Small Successes Create the Path to Our Dreams

JP Alumni Fellow Stacy Abbott talks celebrating wins, mom-friendly work policies, and building the life she wants.

JP Life

Shame and Economic Mobility Are Connected

JP President and CEO Chastity Lord breaks down the long-term impact of typical cultural narratives about single moms.

Mom Voices

My JP Community Experience

From bonding with other JP moms to connecting with staff, Miranda R. has experienced the supportive community that JP co-creates with moms.

Leadership

Meet New JP Austin Executive Director Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia, Ph.D.

Dr. Gonzales-Dholakia, the new executive director of JP Austin, reveals her affinity for and connection with JP moms in this inviting conversation.

Leadership

Meet New JP Fargo-Moorhead Executive Director Laetitia Mizero Hellerud

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud, the new Executive Director of JP Fargo-Moorhead, shares her experience as a single mom and her vision for JP’s future.

De Rose playing with her son, Jack
Mom Voices

I’m a Single Mom: Changing the Stigma

This JP Fargo-Moorhead mom is using her voice to uplift other single mothers—and encouraging single moms to work together for necessary systemic change.

JP Life

JP Virtual Alumni Summit 2022: More Than Enough

The second annual JP Alumni Summit was all about JP moms’ individual and collective power. This is the movement.

JP Life

JP Moms Write the Next Act

Expanded Empowerment and Leadership curriculum celebrates agency, identity, and the story of self.

Mom Voices

Meet JP Alumni Fellow Anita F.

Anita is special education teacher and a mother of three who graduated from Jeremiah Program’s Minneapolis campus in 2012.

Christine Smith
Mom Voices

Meet JP Alumni Fellow Christine Smith

Christine Smith is a 2006 graduate of Jeremiah Program’s Minneapolis campus. A mother of two, she serves as the Health Equity and Tribal Grants Supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health.

Mom Voices

Meet JP Alumni Fellow Angelina Kery

A graduate of Jeremiah Program’s Boston campus, Angelina Kery works as a legal assistant for a civil litigation law firm. Now a JP Fellow, she discusses her hopes for the program.

Brittany Block
Mom Voices

Meet JP Alumni Fellow Brittany Block

Brittany Block, a 2014 graduate of Jeremiah Program’s St. Paul Campus and a mother of one son, discusses becoming a member of the first cohort of JP Fellows and opening her own business.

Nailah
Mom Voices

Education, Understanding, Knowledge

Nailah Abdul-Mubdi talks about how JP’s empowerment program ignited her motivation to pursue her education and make a difference in the lives of others.

Policy

Affirming Identity Through Curriculum

Hear JP’s VP of Student Programming, Dr. Crystal Palmero Ward, and Kaya Henderson, CEO of Reconstruction US, as they discuss “Affirming Identity: Building Curriculum, Fostering Healthy, Self-Affirming Identities and Centering Black Culture.”

Kylie
Mom Voices

I’m No Longer Alone

JP mom Kylie discusses her experience with JP Fargo-Moorhead and her optimism for her family’s future.

JP Life

Keeping Families Resourced During the Pandemic

Karina Van Meekeren is the family program development and admissions manager for Jeremiah Program’s Rochester campus in Southeast Minnesota.

COVID-19
JP Life, Leadership

A Campus Leader Reflects on the Impact of Covid-19

JoMarie Morris is the executive director of Jeremiah Program’s Rochester-Southeast Minnesota campus, Jeremiah Program’s newest campus.

SHECESSION
Policy

#SHECESSION: Policy, Poverty and the Single Mom

Hear this important discussion between JP’s Chastity Lord and Nicole Mason of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Both are CEOs and Black women who were raised by single mothers. Both are also deeply familiar with the impacts of generational poverty.

JP Life

Chastity Lord: We Can and Must Do More

It’s vital that we ensure that JP’s goals and strategies are aligned with the women and communities that we serve.

JP Life, Policy

Mothers Owning Their Power, Authoring Their Futures

The five pillars of Jeremiah Program offer the supports single mothers need to pursue economic mobility for themselves and their children.

Mom Voices

We Can Come Out Stronger

Three weeks into lockdown, JP mom Isabella discusses how the early stages of pandemic have affected her and her daughter.

Sharhonda
Policy

Conscious Conversations: Sharhonda Bossier

A discussion about activism on and off the street with Sharhonda Bossier, Deputy Director at Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC).

Dax
Policy

Conscious Conversations: Dax-Devlon Ross

Jeremiah Program hosts Dax Devlon-Ross for a discussion of his LinkedIn op-ed that gained viral attention and helped open up a deeper discussion of racial bias in the workplace.

Single mother and her two sons sitting on a couch laughing together
JP Life

We Are Doing More

The promises Jeremiah Program made to support our moms during the COVID-19 pandemic weren’t simply promises — they were commitments. Here’s how we’re doing.

Mom Voices

I Thought I Had No Other Options

JP mom Isabella discusses the impact the program has had on her life.

Amy Klein
JP Life

Pandemic Impact: A Family Services Perspective

A Family Services Manager shares her perspective on the pandemic’s impact.

Mom Voices

I’ve Been Through Worse

JP mom Alyssa talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her family.

Mom Voices, Two Gen

Lifting Each Other Up

Austin mom Alyssa discusses how JP has influenced her children, her stability and her confidence.

Leadership

Chastity Lord: Jeremiah Program Is No Stranger to Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to harness the creativity and innovation that drive our community.

JP Life

JP Virtual Alumni Summit 2021

The Inaugural JP Alumni Summit Built Community, Centered Moms’ Stories. On Saturday, March 13, over 150 current JP moms and alumni gathered virtually together for the first time. The long-anticipated JP Inaugural Alumni Summit had finally begun. Despite being in … Read more

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