Tufts University senior Hannah Isenhart of Boulder, CO, and alum Brett Rojas of Madison, NJ, have been named to the Next Generation Committee of Summit-based Family Promise, the national nonprofit leader addressing the issue of family homelessness.
Millennials (born 1981 - 1996) have surpassed baby boomers as the largest adult generation, and Generation Z (born after 1997) comprises 25 percent of the U.S. population making it the largest generation overall. Often characterized as social and passionate about values, involving these young adults in philanthropy is vital to the future of the nonprofit world. Recognizing the potential impact younger generations can have in the battle against family homelessness, Family Promise formed the Next Generation Committee.
Isenhart and Rojas join 11 accomplished young women and men representing diverse backgrounds and experiences who meet quarterly to brainstorm and devise strategies to engage younger audiences in the battle against family homelessness. Every year, 2.5 million children in the U.S. experience homelessness. Family homelessness is often called “the invisible crisis” as parents tend to hide their family’s situation due to the shame and stigma associated with homelessness and the fear of having their children removed by social services.
Isenhart, a varsity soccer player and economics major, has a history of volunteerism that spans much of her youth. She has run workshops on women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in Colorado, Kenya, and China, has been active in social justice issues, and organizes volunteer and fundraising efforts for the Tufts athletic teams through her role as Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
A 2020 graduate of Tufts, Rojas is an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets. In addition to serving as president of Tufts’ Student Athlete Advisory Committee and organizing fundraisers and volunteer opportunities for the school’s athletic teams, he has also taught ESL classes at a local library.
This spring, Rojas and Isenhart co-ran a fundraising campaign involving soccer teams at the 11 schools in the New England Small College Athletic Conference that raised more than $12,000 for Family Promise.
Drawn to Family Promise by its unique and successful approach to addressing the crisis of family homelessness, Rojas says, “I think it’s important for individuals our age to learn about the many issues, like family homelessness, that people around the globe are facing and support these causes. As the committee’s name indicates, we are the next generation.”
"It’s easy to get caught up in your own needs,” adds Isenhart. “Supporting causes bigger than yourself is incredibly rewarding and allows you to have a real impact on other people's lives, not just your own.”
Both look forward to working with Family Promise to raise awareness of the crisis of family homelessness and engage younger generations in supporting families in need.
Founded in Summit, New Jersey, in 1988, Family Promise offers homelessness prevention services, emergency shelter that keeps families together, and stabilization support for families facing a housing crisis and gives them the tools and skills to succeed independently. The organization has 200 affiliates across the country and has served more than one million people, with a volunteer corps more than 200,000 strong. For more information about Family Promise and the crisis of family homelessness or to learn how to get involved, go to www.familypromise.org.