National Leaders Promote 2Gen as Opportunity for Future

Aspen Institute Forum on Children and Families

As state and federal lawmakers prepare for the year ahead, there is momentum for solid strategies that move families toward opportunity. The second Aspen Forum on Children and Families, being held February 26-27, will bring together national leaders – policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists – to surface bold and practical ideas for investing in the full potential of children and families, two generations at a time.

Jeremiah Program will be one of the success stories highlighted on Wednesday as well as a presentation by Minnesota Viking linebacker Anthony Barr who participated in a Christmas event with Jeremiah December 2018. His foundation, Raise the Barr, “is committed to assisting single parents overcome poverty and/or difficult financial circumstances through attaining a post-secondary degree or certification,” according to its website.

As a Fellow at Aspen Institute, Gloria Perez, Jeremiah CEO, is deeply involved in the research and training on 2Gen opportunities. Ascend Fellows are visionary, entrepreneurial leaders with bold ideas that can move the needle on health and well-being and offer concrete economic and social
mobility pathways for children and their families.

Although the registration is closed for the forum, live streaming is planned for the entire two-day event.

About Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Minnesota Vikings, Anthony Barr, Spreads Holiday Cheer to Jeremiah Program Minneapolis

Anthony Barr, Vikings linebacker, visited Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon to spread holiday cheer to resident families. Barr said of the event, “Since I grew up with a single mom I know first hand what it’s like to be like these kids. They say it takes a village to raise children and I want them to have opportunities and to be happy in life.” Barr handed out presents for kids and moms, played with teddy bears, and blew bubbles. Despite his 6’5″ frame, the kids flock to his gentle demeanor and love to hang out with him. Thank you for supporting Jeremiah families, Anthony!

Tackle Poverty with Anthony Barr

Tackling Poverty Two Generations at Time

by transforming the lives of single parents and their families.

I established Raise the Barr to help break the cycle of poverty for low-income single-parent families by helping single parents complete their post-secondary education. That means Raise the Barr provides school tuition, helps pay childcare costs, prepares children for success in school, and provides emergency grants for single parents in Minnesota and California. We’ve been working with Jeremiah Program since the beginning. I’ve made it a priority to visit the children at Jeremiah Program once a month during the NFL season.

That’s why, this season I’m taking the field to make my tackles count for more! I’m personally pledging $100 for every tackle I have this season to transform the lives of single parents and their families, and I’m asking you to join me and make your pledge today. With your pledges, every tackle means more families’ lives transformed from poverty to prosperity.

Anyone whose total pledge or donation equals at least $55 will be entered to win a signed Anthony Barr Helmet and a thank you shout out from me on twitter and Instagram.

All of the funds raised from this campaign will be split between Raise the Barr and Jeremiah Program and our combined work to transform lives two generations at a time. No pledge or donation is too small or too big. Every little bit helps provide a lifetime of opportunities for single parents and their families.

Thank you for your generous support!

-Anthony Barr

“If I’m just present at some point to try and be that father figure-type person … just to give them someone to look up to and show that you can do that,” Barr said. “You don’t have to have two parents or be raised with a silver spoon in order to be successful. It’s what you make of it.”

Helping families like ours!