The Upton Program

A nonprofit organization

$180 raised by 4 donors

4% complete

$5,000 Goal

Who Are We

The Upton Program (TUP) aims to create systems that break barriers and dismantle stigmas that the community of parenting and pregnant youth face. TUP equips parenting and pregnant youth with tools to thrive in career skills, personal finance, and parenting. This model supports TUP participants and their children to prosper and create an elevated future for generations to come.

We are a team of four:

Madeline "Maddie" Hodapp: Executive Director/Co-Founder

Kimberly "Kimmi" Towers: Board President/Co-Founder

Kevin Towers: Board Member

Tori Hensley: Board Member

Our Name

The Upton Program is named after the street our founders, Maddie Hodapp and Kimmi Towers grew up on in North Minneapolis. The community of North Minneapolis has stayed at the core of our founders "why" as they grew into their careers of youth work, business evolution and program development. After years of ideation, interviews, and brainstorming, their passion for curating opportunities for young people grew to become The Upton Program. They are committed to this work and are actively building a platform for parenting young adults to be seen, cared for, and space for continued growth for themselves and their family. 

Our Give to the Max Goal

We are excited to be given this platform in support of our fiscal sponsor, Propel Nonprofits and Give to the Max, to share our story and connect to donors, like yourself. Our goal of $5000 will be used for operational purposes to ensure our first cohort of parenting young adults are able to experience a quality program and can successfully complete the program without barriers. 

Our Program Model

The Upton Program will:

  • Serve parenting young adults, age 18-25, living in the Twin Cities
  • Invite participants to engage in a trauma informed curriculum, created by parenting youth for parenting youth (check out "A Snapshot" to learn more), that will focus on three pillars- personal finance, parenting skills, and career readiness
  • Conduct a paid internship that will provide participants the opportunity to gain job skills, entrepreneurship experience, and a career pathway.
  • Eliminate barriers such as lack of access to childcare, transportation, and any background check blockages. 

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”

- Joyce Maynard

Organization Data


Organization name

The Upton Program


Children & Family Community Economic Development

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving



LGBTQ+ Serving

LGBTQ+ Serving


3222 Upton Ave. N



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