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Naya Patterson

Family Program Coordinator, Generation Hope

Naya Patterson, MPP, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is a Family Program Coordinator at Generation Hope.

Ms. Naya Patterson is a Family Program Coordinator at Generation Hope, where she primarily provides case management and monthly parenting-focused home visiting for Generation Hope Scholars and their children through the Next Generation Academy program. Generation Hope is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization reducing poverty one family at a time by providing mentoring, resources, and services to help DC-area teen parents become college graduates and help their children enter kindergarten at higher levels of school readiness. Next Generation Academy provides the children of Scholars ages one to five with cognitive and family support.

Ms. Patterson’s passion for equity in education and the well-being of children and families continues to lead her in her life’s journey and career. Her work has long involved youth, families, and education.

During her graduate studies, Ms. Patterson received the Maryland Municipal League Fellowship which led her to intern for the City of Bowie Office of Grant Development and Administration. Additionally, she interned at the D.C. SEED Charter School’s Office of Family and Community Engagement and the Montgomery County Police Department. Before joining Generation Hope, Ms. Patterson was a Program Intern at the U.S. Department of Education for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Ms. Patterson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Saint Augustine’s University in 2016. In 2018 she earned a Master of Public Policy degree with a specialization in Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.