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THE CONCEPTION 

 Having been born to a teenage mother who was abruptly faced with the burden of mental, emotional, physical and economic disparities of child rearing; defeat was never an option and she accepted both the blessing and hardships of being a teen mother. She was determined against all odds, in the most crucial time in her life to devote herself to an internal principal of excellence.  With strong support from her village, she was determined to build her blueprint by branding her life’s work through her babies and ending the cycle of poverty two generations at a time. That brand is now a vision being actualized under the umbrella of TWICE as it was conceived in 1981, birthed in 1997 but delivered in 2020. I am the result of a Teen Mother Walking In Committed Excellence and it has inspired me to dedicate the last twenty years to addressing adolescent teen trauma and pregnancy. 

- Amber Brown

Founder/Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The TWICE Board of Directors is comprised of community members that are passionate about transformative programs and progressive approaches to change the trajectory of the lives of teen mothers and vulnerable youth. Meet our team and learn what drives their passion.

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AMBER BROWN

PRESIDENT

Born to a 16-year-old mother in 1981. Her grandparents, family and community became her village.  While observing many life struggles, her desire to not repeat the cycle of becoming a teen mom took root

“She believed she could, and she did.”  Amber Brown is the Founder & Executive Director of TWICE.  Born to a 16-year-old mother in 1981, in Houston, Texas, her grandparents, family and community became her village.  While observing many life struggles, her desire to not repeat the cycle of becoming a teen mom took root.  She determined early that she would be instrumental in educating, equipping, and elevating this fragile audience and believes “Teen-mothers are an overlooked and unprotected population.  God positioned me to magnify their disparities and cultivate the TWICE Tribe to protect them.”

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LUCRETIA LEWIS

VICE PRESIDENT

Born and raised in First Ward and honor graduate of John H Reagan Sr High with “kid in tow”, teen mom was my life at age of sixteen. 

Born and raised in First Ward and honor graduate of John H Reagan Sr High with “kid in tow”. Teen mom was my life at age 16. God was gracious enough to allow me to marry a man that would Father and love unconditionally a daughter he didn’t have to. Our lives would never be the same and all the better thanks to him. 
It is such an honor to have birthed the founder of Twice and to know that my  “kid in tow” will change lives forever. 

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LORI LEWIS

TREASURER

As a young child growing up in Houston, Texas, Lori always knew that she wanted to be a teacher and help the future youth in the field of education.

As a young child growing up in Houston, Texas, Lori always knew that she wanted to be a teacher and help the future youth in the field of education. She is currently serving in her seventh year as a high school English teacher and has accomplished a variety of professional goals and had made a difference in the lives of many students in the Cypress Fairbanks School District. Not only has she inspired other children to value their education and work hard to reach their maximum potential, but she is also instilling those same morals and values in her own son, Lucas D. Lewis. Being able to teach others how to overcome adversity and push them to be their best selves, despite life’s obstacles, is one of the many reasons why Lori is devoted to the vision of TWICE.

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LINDA WHITAKER

SECRETARY

Native Houstonian and the fifth of eleven children; Linda was forced to grow up fast! Diagnosed early with an oversized Christian heart, she loves her Lord and Savior, family, people, giving and serving.

Native Houstonian and the fifth of eleven children; Linda was forced to grow up fast! Diagnosed early with an oversized Christian heart, she loves her Lord and Savior, family, people, giving and serving.

Linda is a loving wife, mother and friend who admits the status of “Gran~Gran” has propelled her to heights of joy yet being realized.

Her employment path included Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Harris County Commissioners Court, The Community of Faith Church and retirement from the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation in 2017.

At the vibrant age of 70, she reflects and reports: “I want to live so my God can use me...any- time and anywhere!”

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