We believe in a two-generational approach to transforming the lives of single parents and their families.

Initially, Raise the Barr was focusing exclusively on providing tuition and childcare to single mothers.  We are now expanding our mission by focusing on deepening our partnerships with like-minded organizations in the Twin Cities and Los Angeles.  We are focusing on developing partnerships that help us address the challenges of single parent families holistically.  

We believe that the best way to have an impact is to provide single parent families access to a variety of services and a supportive community.   No one charity can do it all because so many different factors are involved. We are collaborating with charities and organizations that have expertise and interests that complement our own. 

Two-generation approaches provide opportunities for and meet the needs of children and their parents together. They build education, economic assets, social capital, and health and well being to create a legacy of economic security that passes from one generation to the next.
— Two Generational Playbook, Ascend, Aspen Institute

jeremiah program

Raise the Barr has been collaborating with the Jeremiah Program since we were established in 2016.  They have served as key advisors to us on the two-generational approach to serving single parent scholars. In addition, we have held joint fundraisers and collaborated on our scholarship program. As we expand our programs, we look forward to deepening our relationship with the Jeremiah Program. During the NFL season, Anthony visits the daycare center each month to spend time with the children in the daycare program.  We provided tuition scholarships to Jeremiah Program students and in 2017 launched the Raise the Barr Emergency Grant Fund at Jeremiah Program.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STUDENT PARENT help center

One of our newest initiatives is working with the University of Minnesota's Student Parent Help Center to support single parents on campus.  We are working closely with the Center and other University of Minnesota team members to explore ways to increase opportunities for these student parents and their children.  Our mutual focus is on providing wrap around service to support the students and their children holistically.  We have provided tuition scholarships to University of Minnesota student parents and in 2017 launched the Raise the Barr Emergency Grant Fund at the University of Minnesota.

EMERGENCY GRANTS

Research has shown that unexpected expenses can be enough to prevent a single parent from finishing their education.

In 2017, Raise the Barr launched Emergency Grant Funds for Single Parent Students at Jeremiah Program and the University of Minnesota.  In 2018, Raise the Barr will launch an LA-based Emergency Grant Fund for Single Parent Students.  We will work with local nonprofits to ensure that students are receiving wrap-around social services such as help with food and shelter, in addition to our Emergency Grant.  Emergency funds are designed as one-time grants that solve an unexpected and unforeseeable issue. 

Scholarships

Currently, we are prioritizing scholarships to single parents who reside in California and Minnesota, are the sole or primary care providers, and have not yet earned a post-secondary degree or other certification/licensing. We will announce online when the scholarship application is open for the 2018/2019 school year.

I am currently a first-year student at National American University (NAU) seeking out an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. It is my plan to continue my education in Business and eventually build a career in the health and human services field. With this scholarship, I will be able to focus on my academics without financial worries.
— Natasha Redeagle, RTB Scholarship Recipient

Raise the Barr is committed to assisting single parents overcome poverty and/or difficult financial circumstances through attaining a post-secondary degree or certification.  We provide scholarships and grants to single parents to assist with tuition, books, childcare, and other support needed to complete their higher education.