2013 GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS
HIGHER GROUND YOUTH CENTER
3rd 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 averaged 30 – 40 students daily. This number has grown to 130 students daily and now offers tutoring, mentoring, counseling, and recreational programs including sports, art, music, finance and career classes, and dance. Initially focusing on middle school students Higher Ground now serves high school students with a program called Junior Life Changers which teaches ethics, financial responsibility, and life skills.
Focus of 2013 Grant: Expand High School Programming & General Program Operations Part of the grant would be used to help fund HG’s regular after school programming. The balance will go towards expanding the Junior Life Changer program. As students aged out of the original middle-school based program there was a demand for a program targeting those students as they struggled with the challenges of high school. 40 U of A students volunteer as Life Changers and help with tutoring, mentoring and acting as role models.