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She believes in teen parents and helps them stay in school

Around the time she was accepted at several colleges, Nicole Lewis learned that she was also on her way to becoming a mother. Determined to still earn her degree, she persevered, but the journey was not without challenges.

“I didn’t have a circle of friends, or a group of people, who were also raising kids who I could talk to. That could be lonely at times,” Ms. Lewis recalls. “Financially, it was really hard because I had to make tough decisions between buying diapers and buying a book for a specific class.”

But regardless of the obstacles, Lewis graduated with high honors from the College of William & Mary in 2003, and she proudly walked across the graduation stage with her daughter in tow.

“It was just an amazing moment to accomplish something people tell you is impossible,” she

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