Monica Velasquez McIlwain

Inspired to help others, Monica Velasquez McIlwain founded the Texas non-profit for single teen moms, TYME to Empower (Teaching Young Mothers to Excel) in 2006.  She leads the Board of Directors of the Texas organization which encourages pregnant or new teen parents to finish.  She attended Hobby and Rudder Middle Schools.  McIlwain also attended Clark High School, lettered in Cross Country, and belonged to several on-campus clubs.  She graduated on time in spite of her own pregnancy at age 17.  She credits her experience with giving her the impetus to start TYME to Empower, explaining that women “can accomplish their lifelong goals even with unanticipated responsibilities.”  The organization provides donations of car seats, clothing, and much more.   She earned a BA in Psychology from University of Incarnate Word and a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix by age 30.  She has three children and four grandchildren, two of which she deems “honorary.”

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Thomas C. Clark High School
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