These are all issues
that deem a person "at-risk"
Higher Ground wants to help change these statistics so that way these youth are no longer just a number. Our organization works with at-risk youth by creating a safe and fun haven from the problems the youth face. We strive to provide a place for youth in the area to explore new life experiences with mentors who have succeeded in the world and who want to help these youth reach their full potential.
Studies have shown at-risk youth can greatly benefit from a caring adult in their lives, someone to support “healthy development and learning, engender trust and love, and convey compassion, understanding, respect, and interest.”⁵
1 “National Youth Gang Survey Analysis.” Age of Gang Members, 1996-2011, National Gang Center, www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Survey-Analysis/Demographics.
2 “Effects of Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness on Children and Youth.” American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, www.apa.org/pi/families/poverty.aspx.
3 “Status Dropout Rates.” The Condition of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics, Apr. 2017,
4 "California Data.” The National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, National Campaign, thenationalcampaign.org/data/state/california.
5 Laursen, E. K., & Birmingham, S. M. (2003). Caring relationships as a protective factor for at-risk youth: An ethnographic study. Families In Society, 84(2), 240-246.