University of Minnesota Receives Gift for Student Parent HELP Center

University of Minnesota Receives Gift for Student Parent HELP Center

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and his Minneapolis-based Raise the Barr fund have announced a gift to the Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC) at the University of Minnesota.

One of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States, SPHC opened in 1967 and today works with partners in California and Minnesota to provide a suite of services to postsecondary students with children, including tuition, childcare stipends, and emergency grants. 

The gift from Raise the Barr, which was founded by the four-time NFL Pro-Bowler to help break the cycle of poverty for single-parent families, will fund a new research initiative aimed at evaluating SPHC's programming and impact on postsecondary student parents completing their course of study and successfully graduating. The findings will be shared nationally with the aim of strengthening student-parent services in higher education across the country. "The goal," said Barr, who grew up in a single-parent household, "is to learn important lessons from the work at SPHC that will guide other colleges on how to build successful programs for student parents." 

"We are very grateful to Anthony and Raise the Barr for giving us this opportunity," said SPHC program director Susan Warfield. "We have been informally guiding start-up student parent programs around the country for many years, but this research will give us hard data to share and improve programs for single parents on college campuses everywhere." 

"Anthony Barr Announces Grant to U of M to Support Single-Parent Students." Minnesota Vikings News Release 01/08/2019.