2014 GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS
HIGHER GROUND YOUTH CENTER
4th 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 2014 Grant: Expand High School Programming & General Program Operations Internship program including financial classes, job internships, customer service training, dress for success training, interview skills academic counseling, mentoring, etc. In addition interns serve as staff receptionists, front desk clerks and greeters. Interns are also in charge of custodial maintenance of the facility.