Last week, our CEO and co-founder Jansen Azarias was invited to speak before the Arizona State Senate Education Committee to testify in support of a bill regarding community schools! Co-sponsored by our very own board member [Senator Bradley], SB 1264 requires the AZ Department of Education to establish a 3-year Community School Pilot Program.Read More
On January 27, the Arizona Daily Star published an article on the millions of unpaid claims owed by Arizona health insurers to local behavioral health providers, including Higher Ground.Read More
In November, Univision Arizona featured Higher Ground, interviewing Jansen Azarias about the non-profit and its mission.Read More
In November, Jansen Azarias was feature on The BJJ Mental Coach podcast, hosted by Gustavo Dantas, founder of The BJJ Mental Coach. In the podcast, Jansen talked about Higher Ground, as well as self-control, resilience and the importance of developing a growth mindset.Read More
In October, Jansen Azarias was awarded the 2018 Melanie McClinktock Leadership Award of Excellence, by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.Read More
We are the wild ones.
We are the lost ones,
We are the overlooked.
Higher Ground is our safe haven.
It is more than just a building,
Or the number of students they serve.
Higher Ground allows us to understand
Who we are,
Explore our passions,
Understand our GRIT,
And learn our self-control.
In October 2018, Live Jiu-Jitsu recently visited Higher Ground and their founder and CEO Jansen Azarias. Jansen explained the origin of Higher Ground, their significant growth, and the multitude of programs that they offer, including one at Hollinger K-8 school, where Higher Ground implemented an innovative new trial program of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu directly in the school.Read More
Dr. Angela Duckworth - a MacArthur “genius” grant winner, researcher, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - invites the City of Tucson to contribute to the science of GRIT, supporting Higher Ground and partnering with the Character Lab.Read More
Two-time UFC Bantamweight and long-time Higher Ground supporter Champion Dominick Cruz was recently featured on Fox Sports' "In The Clinch," where he talks about his roots in Tucson and why he supports Higher Ground’s mission.Read More
News 4 Tucson KVOA-TV recently featured Higher Ground, as well as the amazing support it receives UFC's Dominick Cruz.Read More
Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, the renowned researcher who coined the term grit, was introduced to Jansen through and SVP partner. She told him she wants to learn more from the work he is doing at Higher Ground. Jansen was invited to attend the educator’s conference organized by Dr. Duckworth where he met with her team to talk about his work at Higher Ground.Read More
In April 2017, Higher Ground won a highly competitive “Capacity Building Grant” from Social Venture Partners (SVP) of Tucson, which gave Higher Ground the ability to collaborate with partners from SVP’s pool of business and community leaders.Read More