Educational Institutions

Higher Ground Youth Challenge

  • Denver, CO
  • www.highergroundyc.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Higher Ground Youth Challenge is to "provide a safe environment for at-risk youth to challenge themselves and their limiting beliefs through mentoring and outdoor experiences". The Higher Ground mentoring program is designed to positively impact the lives of participants for the long-term. Kids set goals, plan careers, and learn about giving back to their community. They practice leadership skills and embrace taking responsibility for themselves, while caring about others. Our highly trained mentors, who may have met their mentee during summer camp, listen intently, develop a rapport with their mentor and then work to address problems the kids encounter every day. The initial message is "Do everything in your power to stay in school." The mentor provides the help and attention needed to assist the teen with everyday challenges that undermine confidence and stand in the way of even small successes.

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ruling year

1998

Keywords

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Mentoring, youth development, leadership,

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EIN

84-1450082

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

The first essential component of the Higher Ground program is a six-day outdoor experiential learning model held in the mountains outside of Jamestown, Colorado. The kids are challenged physically through a high ropes course, rock climbing, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting. These activities support the kids in gaining their own personal experiences of teamwork, trusting themselves and trusting their peers. These activities promote the breaking down of ethnic barriers and the discovery of how alike we all really are. The kids get to see what is possible if they take one more step past what they thought they could do, thereby creating a new concept of how capable and powerful they can be. The second crucial component of Higher Ground is the mentor program. The kids are paired with an adult volunteer who spends time with them individually on a monthly basis in addition to regularly scheduled group activities. Over the past five years we have discovered that this follow up mentor process has had a positive effect on the kids in the areas of improved grades, more participation in school activities, and decreased violence. Highr Ground serves approximately 25 boys yearly. In 2008, Higher Ground will begin serving girls in a grl's camp and

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