Jansen Speaks Before the AZ Senate Education Committee

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][1], SB 1264 requires the AZ Department of Education to establish a 3-year Community School Pilot Program.

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Jansen Featured on The BJJ Mental Coach

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.

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Copper Cactus Finalist Video

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. 

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Visit from Live Jiu-Jitsu

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.

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Dr. Angela Duckworth Supports Higher Ground

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.

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Higher Ground Connects with Dr. Angela Duckworth

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.

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