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On Thursday, September 10th, Hope House Colorado celebrated the achievements of ten teen moms as they received their high school or GED diplomas. Seven of the 10 graduates completed their coursework at the beginning or during the height of COVID-19. As testing centers were shutdown in the metro-Denver area to help keep everyone safe, both GED and HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) companies introduced virtual testing options so no one would face a barrier to achieve their goals during a nationwide shutdown. This option allowed for teen moms to complete their tests at the Hope House Resource Center where they could access free childcare and take their tests in a quiet space.

The High School & GED Coordinator at Hope House, Kendra Crispin, expressed her excitement for the celebration saying, “This graduation is incredibly special because a lot of these young ladies used COVID-19 as an opportunity to focus on their education and commit to graduating. Rather than taking it as an opportunity to rest or recharge, these moms were working tirelessly around the clock to conquer a major step toward self-sufficiency while many others’ self-sufficiency and stability were in jeopardy.”