2nd Year Funding

Agency Background: The Higher Ground Youth Center serves at-risk students and their families with an after school program. The center started in 2007 and has gone through several transitions in order to respond to family financial concerns of a weekly fee $15 – $20 and transportation costs. In response, the program is now free and maintains an average daily attendance of 130 students serving five schools all within a three mile radius of the center. The center has evolved into a broad-based holistic after-school program. The program has incorporated tutoring, mentoring, counseling, and recreational programs such as sports, art, music, finance and career classes and dance.

Focus of 2012 Grant: General Program Operations The program runs with a 10:1 student to staff ratio. The 2012 grant will be used to improve the tutoring program, specifically for curriculum and part time salaries to hire qualified tutors for the youth center. Currently, the homework time is delivered entirely by volunteers and is a 1:10 ratio. Every student has a different way of learning. This grant will allow them to reduce that ratio and provide individual tutoring as needed. In the 2012-2013 school years the projection is to increase the number of students from 130 to 160 serving nine different schools. The program is developing another partnership with one of the middle schools in the Tucson United School District.

Website: www.higherground.me
Contact: Jansen Azarias jansen@higherground.me