2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT
Another Year for the Books.
Last fiscal year was our 10th year of Higher Ground, a huge milestone accompanied by some significant achievements.
Looking ahead, we want to continue the quality of our individual work with our youth and families. We also want to build on the systemic work that has begun to ensure our impact expands to entire communities in the city of Tucson.
We want to begin creating a sustainable and replicable model that will impact the public schools and other youth systems for years to come. In order to identify and invest in the future leaders who will sustain and continue our work in other communities that are in need.
- Jansen Azarias, CEO and Co-Founder
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We expanded our reach to serve over 1,500 youth in over fifteen different program delivery sites, and this has achieved some phenomenal effects. While we have continued to grow rapidly, our mission focus has remained the same – to empower one life a time to reach, transform, and elevate the community through love and building character. Our outcomes continue to show that building relationships, investing in people, teaching skills for character building, and supporting the staff in our public school systems will enable us to remain effective. Our mile deep and inch wide approach is now being implemented in schools through our Community Schools Strategy. Community Schools, a nationally recognized strategy, has become the primary vehicle for Higher Ground’s plan for expansion. Higher Ground’s effort is being guided by the expertise of the following national organizations - Children’s Aid and the National Center for Community Schools.