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The Experience

We are a network of transformation where youth experience metamorphosis, develop grit and the skills to achieve their full potential. We are a network where youth development methods, social emotional skills building, recreational programs, and relationship filled coaching and mentoring is all practiced at the same time. 

We are an organization that believes every youth in Tucson deserves endless opportunities. We are able to accomplish this through our Community Schools Strategy which unites educators, community partners, and families to provide enrichment, health, social services, and support that offers the best road for their future. By providing services around the Eight Dimensions of Wellness--emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual -- we can empower students in at-risk environments to meet their immediate and long-term needs. 



The need is out there. Tucson is a city with one of the highest crime rates. Arizona has some of the worst educational achievements in our country. The United States is lagging behind when it comes to education performance. Our prison rate is growing exponentially while our graduation completion rates are dropping. Youth behavioral issues are at all time high, and poverty is prevalent in our communities. 

Our future is at-risk. We need to invest in it now.

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Higher Ground utilizes collective impact through community partnerships. Often times, a youth has strengths in his or her life that come from both within and from outside influences. These partnerships include the youth, their families, schools, churches, other community members, other organizations, businesses, civic leaders, government, and other individuals. Transformation is built by the investment of many, not by a program or method.

It takes a community to raise a child. We are a catalyst to a youth's community.


Our methods create positive outcomes in a youth's life. Our holistic approach produces strong academic achievement, decrease in negative behaviors, increase in grit and resilience traits, and happier families. In addition to individual testimonies and stories, our youth is elevated from the person being served to the role model now serving others. They then become a mentor, volunteer, coach, or a teacher to another youth to inspire more transformation. 

We are more than just a safe place, we are a launch pad.