We believe in a two-generational approach to transforming the lives of single parents and their families.
It's about more than tuition.
Impact as Of RTB's 2018 Student Survey
Raise the Barr, established by LA-native, UCLA All-American and 4x NFL Pro-Bowler Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, applies the two-generation model (2Gen) to assist low-income single parent students in Minnesota and California break out of the cycle of poverty by completing their post-secondary education.
Raise the Barr (RTB) collaborates with leaders in the 2Gen approach to provide single-parent families access to a variety of comprehensive community resources such as affordable safe housing, quality early childhood education, empowerment and life-skills, and social capital. This holistic approach has been proven to help clear a pathway to post-secondary education.
Many students drop out just as they are nearing graduation because they run out of financial aid opportunities. Raise the Barr distributes need-based scholarships to single-parent students in Minnesota and California with priority given to students who are within four semesters of completing their bachelor’s degree or one semester of completing their associate’s degree.
Raise the Barr also distribute semergency micro-grants to single-parent students for whom an unexpected urgent financial need, such as a car repair or dental emergency, can create a financial burden that threatens their college hopes. Emergency microgrants are intended as one-time assistance to help keep students in school.
To date, Raise the Barr has distributed more than $250,000 in scholarships and emergency grants.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, the median wage for someone with an associate’s degree in Los Angeles County is $35,085, not enough to maintain an “adequate standard of living” for single-parent families. To help single-parent families improve their standard of living, Raise the Barr is launching a new initiative in the spring of 2020 to increase the transfer pipeline for low- income single student-parents in the Greater Los Angeles area from community colleges to bachelor’s degree programs.
Raise the Barr is a partner in the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a network of leading nonprofit, philanthropic, research, and policy organizations incubating and implementing two-generation (2Gen) strategies across the country.
2019 National Student Parent Symposium
Perfect Pairing Wine Tasting at Loyola High School Hosted by Anthony Barr
Anthony and Lori Barr Speak at the Aspen Institute
At the Aspen Institute’s Children and Families Forum, Lori and Anthony Barr joined the panel on Parenting in a New Age: Redefining Community and Systems to Ensure a Legacy of Opportunity. Click the video to hear Anthony’s heartfelt explanation for why he established Raise the Barr. See more photos →
RTB Funds Research to Help Colleges Across the USA
Raise the Barr and Anthony Barr announced a gift to support research at the University of Minnesota’s Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC). As Anthony explains, “ 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.” Read more →
Anthony Revisits Loyola High School and Gives Back
Meet our Students
Pictured is one of our most recent scholarship recipients, Elecia Thomas, who is studying at Minneapolis College. Learn more about all of our scholarship recipients. Read more →
The Vikings held practice at Anthony’s high school Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Anthony recently made a $25,0000 personal gift (not from RTB) to support Loyola High School’s football team. This is the second gift Anthony has made to the team.
Anthony Meets the Press after Re-Signing
Anthony at Jeremiah