Support for student-parents

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Photo of Amanda Toppe

Amanda Toppe, director of the Young Student Parent Support Initiative.

Screenshot from the YSPSI brochure Photo of Amanda Toppe 

Pregnant and parenting college students have a new one-stop support shop.

St. Cloud State’s Young Student Parent Support Initiative helps parenting students achieve their higher education goals and maintain the well-being of themselves and their children.

Funded in part by a $280,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Young Student Parent Support Initiative is housed in the Engineering and Computing Center and coordinated by Amanda Toppe. View the program brochure (PDF).

“Our office helps parenting students, 25 and younger, balance school, work and family life,” said Toppe. “We connect students with the resources and services that can help them succeed.”

Among those resources are support groups. The Parents as Students Support Group forming this fall will meet occasionally over lunch. Among the planned activities are guest speakers. The By Your Side Program will connect new student-parents with students skilled at balancing parenthood and college life.

“The By Your Side Program will offer success stories and encouragement,” said Toppe. “We want students to have that sense of community, that sense of security and support that reassures them they will earn their degrees.”

St. Cloud State, in cooperation with the J.A. Wedum Foundation, is offering 20 $2,000 scholarships to undergraduate single mothers for Fall 2012. Application deadline is Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Amanda Toppe at 320-308-3246 or

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