Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has announced a gift from his Raise the Barr foundation to support research at the University of Minnesota’s Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC).
Barr established Raise the Barr in 2016 to help break the cycle of poverty for single-parent families by providing access to post-secondary education. The gift will fund a new research initiative to evaluate SPHC’s programming and its impact on student parents’ successful graduation.
The SPHC opened in 1967 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States. SPHC has evolved into a model program providing comprehensive services to post-secondary students with children.
The SPHC research findings will be shared nationally to strengthen student parent services in higher education across the country.
“The goal is to learn important lessons from the work at SPHC that will guide other colleges on how to build successful programs for student parents,” says Barr, who grew up in a single-parent household.
“We have been informally guiding startup 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,” says Susan Warfield, SPHC program director and a child and family social worker.
(Photo courtesy of Raise the Barr)
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