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“Gabrielle Caverl-McNeal of New Moms: Goal Setting For Growth”
Origami Works Foundation
September 20, 2023
“Chicago nonprofit caring for young mothers asks for help after flooding causes $1M in damage”
ABC7 News Chicago
August 3, 2023
“New Moms apartment tenants relocated amid flood damage”
The Wednesday Journal
July 25, 2023
“What Power Really Sounds Like: Using Your Voice To Lead & Using Your Executive Skills”
“Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio”
June 11, 2023
“Bright Endeavors helping young moms thrive with job-training program”
CBS News Chicago
June 5, 2023
“Kiara Jones is becoming a star in Chicago’s food scene”
TimeOut Magazine
June 1, 2023
“Why Do We Struggle To Hire Young People?”
“Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons”
May 17, 2023
Chicago nonprofit 'New Moms' to host gala to raise money for young mothers
ABC 7 - Chicago
April 15, 2023

Gifts that Give Back at Chicago Fair Trade Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 17, 2022

'They helped my life elevate': New Moms and Bright Endeavors shine a light on supporting young parents

CBS Chicago News
December 2, 2022
Cook County to invest in violence prevention programs in Austin, Chicago’s West Side
September 6, 2022
Five Charities Making a Difference for Moms
June 7, 2022
Chicago organizations are collecting baby formula donations amid nationwide shortage
WBEZ Chicago
May 19, 2022

Chicago-Area Moms Are Collecting Extra Baby Formula To Help Families Affected By National Shortage
Block Club Chicago
May 18, 2022

Education as a path to success for teen moms
May 15, 2022
Whole Foods to open new Chicago location on April 27
Chicago Business Journal
Apr 6, 2022
Igniting Brighter Futures for Young Mothers: Laura Zumdahl of Bright Endeavors
See Change
February 14, 2022
Helping Single Moms Finish College
Inside Higher Ed
February 10, 2022
New Moms head to college
Wednesday Journal
February 8, 2022
Chicago nonprofit helps young moms finish their education
Fox News
February 2, 2022
West Side nonprofit giving single moms stipend to help them graduate from collage
Fox 23 - Chicago
January 31, 2022
Chicago Nonprofit Seeks to Help Young Moms Finish College
ABC 7 - Chicago
January 30, 2022
Can $500 A Month Help Single Moms Graduate From College? A New West Side Program Aims To Find Out
Block Club Chicago
January 25, 2022
Support for Parents Attending College: What to Know
US News & World Report
January 24, 2022


Chicago organizations are collecting baby formula donations amid nationwide shortage

Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons | May 19, 2022

New Moms was recently featured on WBEZ’s Reset to discuss the nationwide shortage of baby formula which continues to be a source of stress for families with little ones. In Chicago, organizations like New Moms are collecting donations to help.

Reset learns more about where to donate or find baby formula in the Chicago area, and why breastfeeding isn’t the ultimate solution to the crisis.

Click above to listen to the podcast, and you can also listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, NPR One, or virtually anywhere podcasts are found!

Igniting Brighter Futures for Young Mothers

In the Business of Change Podcast | Feb 14, 2022

On this episode of SEE Change’s “In the Business of Change” podcast, New Moms’ President and CEO, Laura Zumdahl, recounts the history of New Moms and what prompted us to add a social enterprise candle-making company, Bright Endeavors, to our already robust Job Training program. She discusses the impact this addition has had on young moms in Chicagoland and shares the challenges of balancing an inspired social mission with financial sustainability – and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

Click above to listen to the podcast or you can listen on SEE Change’s website.

Stepping Back to Light the Way

Shift the Power Podcast | April 2021

New Moms was recently featured on Global Learning Partners’ Shift the Power: A Learning-Centered Podcast. The episode highlights the impact of a case study we did together to document our amazing science-informed social enterpriseBright Endeavors. Join Director of Workforce Development Gabrielle Caverl-McNeal and Director of Learning and Innovation Dana Emanuel as they share the impact of the case study one year later – within New Moms and in the broader field. 

Click above to listen to the podcast, and you can also listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or virtually anywhere podcasts are found! And click here to read the full transcript in our blog post.

Designing for Behavior Change

The Behavioral Design Podcast | September 2020

Stephen Wendel, Head of Behavioral Science at Morningstar, writs extensively about incorporating behavioral design into programs and products. Wendel cites New Moms as a case study in the latest edition of his book, Designing for Behavior Change, and discusses the book on this podcast. Click above to listen to the full episode!

Crisis Conversations: Working pregnant in the time of COVID

Better Life Lab Podcast | July 2020

New Moms brought our knowledge of workforce development and job training to this conversations with Brigid Schulte, Director of Better Life Lab at New America. Pregnant workers already face discrimination on the job, Before the pandemic struck, the United States was the only advanced nation without a national paid maternity or parental leave policy. Now, pregnant workers have to navigate workplaces that pose real infection risks — often without recourse. Delivering a child in the pandemic has become fraught and isolating. And for many new moms whose low-wage jobs are considered “essential,” the emergency paid leave law Congress passed doesn’t even apply. So what can we learn from the pandemic about how to better protect pregnant workers? How can we ensure healthy outcomes for new mothers and children, and, in particular, for new African American mothers and children, whose rates of infant and maternal mortality are alarmingly high?

Click above to listen to the podcast or you can listen on Apple Podcasts.

How One Nonprofit Is Breaking The Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty

Nonprofit Leadership Podcast | September 29, 2019

How can we as individuals and a society help break down the systemic barriers that keep different economic and social groups in a cycle of stress and poverty? New Moms’ President & CEO, Laura Zumdahl, discusses her experience in leadership at New Moms and how our mission impacts young families throughout Chicagoland. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Book Features & Case Studies

Growing Fairly: How to Build Opportunity and Equity in Workforce Development
February 22, 2022
Stephen Goldsmith & Kate Markin Coleman
Case Study of a Job Training, Housing, and Family Support Program for Young Mothers: New Moms
September 2, 2021
Marisa Putnam & Liza Rodler (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Case Studies: Summary of Innovative Programs Serving People with Low Income

September 1, 2021
Katie Eddins, Linda Rosenberg, & Sharika Rakibullah (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Why Spiritual Capital Matters: Activating Latent Resources in Your Organizational Community
June 4, 2021
Craig E. Mattson
Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics (Second Edition)
June 2020
Stephen Wendel



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New Moms strengthens families by partnering with young moms as they progress toward housing stability, economic mobility, and family well-being. We envision a future where every young family thrives.

New Moms is the proud winner of the 2020 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence!

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