With each Lego structure created during the Building Bricks for Hope contest, Hope Academy comes closer to building a future for teen moms and their children, guiding them through education, child care and self sufficiency.
The Building Bricks for Hope Lego Building Contest, now in its fourth year, has raised $27,500 for Hope Academy since 2013. The alternative high school, run by the Family and Children’s Center, contracts with seven school districts to help pregnant teens or those with children under 3 succeed in school and life. Hope Academy aspires to raise $12,000 at this year’s Dec. 3 event to help cover car-seat-friendly transportation to and from the school.
Hope Academy currently has seven teens enrolled, who learn through a mix of online and instructor-led classes. While the national high school graduation rate for teen mothers is under 40 percent, Hope Academy has a 100 percent graduation rate.