The non-profit, Baby2Baby and the organization’s ambassador, Jessica Alba, hosted the Baby2Baby Graduation Event presented by The Honest Company.
The event recognized the achievements of pregnant and parenting mothers as they graduated from high school and provided the students with helpful tools to continue to pursue their futures. The event honored 76 graduates, all of whom are currently living below the poverty line and some of whom are homeless, for their ability to overcome adverse backgrounds and earn their high school diplomas. The graduation ceremony took place at Los Angeles’ Thomas Riley High School.
In an impassioned speech, Baby2Baby ambassador and board member, Founder of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty and actress, Jessica Alba, encouraged the graduates to continue on with their education.
“I am here today because I stood on the shoulders of my mom who fought against the odds to invest in me and my future. She inspired me to pursue my dreams and today The Honest Company and Baby2Baby are here to support yours. We applaud your work and congratulate you on this achievement,” said Jessica Alba.
As part of their mission to provide low-income children with necessities, Baby2Baby partnered with The Honest Company to provide each graduate with diapers, clothing and all the basic essentials that every child deserves.
Co-Presidents of Baby2Baby Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein congratulated the graduates for their strength and resilience and spoke of the power of a diploma to unlock doors for personal and professional growth.
“We are honored to be here today to support the continued success of our partners at LAUSD and the graduating students who have worked so hard to get their diplomas” said Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein.
“As moms ourselves, we know it is the well educated, happy and healthy moms who are the keys to success for our children. So we are here today, along with our partners at the Honest Company, to congratulate you for staying in school, despite many challenging factors, in the best interest of you and your child.”
The event included a nutritious lunch and an education-based program focused on motivational message points and parenting tips. The hosts Alba, Sawyer Patricof and Weinstein led the program, along with speakers including developmental psychologist Dr. Aliza Pressman, nutritionist Kelly LeVeque and LAUSD pupil service counselor Zhaira Gastelum, who offered words of advice for the graduates including how best to balance work and how to create a safe and healthy environment for their young children.
Over the past five years, Baby2Baby has worked alongside The Honest Company to drive awareness to the critical dangers children face without access to basic supplies. Together, they have hosted a number of key events and distributed millions of diapers and other essentials to low-income children ages 0-12.