The Rise Prize: Fostering Innovation to Support Student Parents

The Rise Prize: Fostering Innovation to Support Student Parents

Efforts to support college students who are also parents should include flexible wraparound services tailored to the multifaceted identities of student-parents, a report from Imaginable Futures and Lumina Foundation finds. The report, The Rise Prize: Fostering Innovation to Support Student Parents (20 pages, PDF), offers key takeaways from the selection process for the Rise Prize, which awarded $1.55 million to fifteen projects aimed at increasing the economic mobility and well-being of student-parents. According to the report, many of the proposals submitted to the competition highlighted the specific needs of fathers, formerly incarcerated individuals, military families, Native Americans, and refugees and undocumented immigrants; enhanced access to child care; the need for mentoring, coaching, and tutoring, as well as mental health services; basic needs, including housing and food security; the expansion of career navigation support to include paid internships and apprenticeships; awarding credit for prior learning and experience and providing alternative postsecondary pathways; and making postsecondary education more affordable.