WE BUILD FUTURE LEADERS

We teach life skills to advance the personal development of the whole-child to thrive and belong in and outside of their local community.

Did You Know?

The city of Los Angeles, has over 46,000 homeless people, that’s not including the county. Support Higher Ground for Humanity and build a more equitable future for the next generation.

Higher Ground for Humanity values belonging, equity, and inclusion as an integral part of our mission. We focus our work not only on youth development but also on building up resources for underserved communities.

How We Serve

Workshops

Workshops designed to advance communication with self and others in a gamifiedexperiential enviorment.

Grades 3rd - 12th

Grouped by grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Minimum Donation $250

60 - 90 minutes sessions

Community Outreach

Higher Ground offers a wide range of community support year round by hosting informational booths at local markets, community events, and mental health town halls for all ages

All Ages

Free

Los Angeles, California

Summer Programs

Summer programming is for students who wish to learn new skills to build confidence in communication, money management, and nutrition.

All Ages

Program Fees May Apply Grants Available

Program options to fit student schedules

Student Demographics

Over half of our students come from black and brown communities.

80% of our students come from no income households and 20% come from low income households.

All of our programming is 100% subsidized.

A WORD FROM OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Maya Emelle

Founder, Executive Director

Joy McElveen

Performance Director

Sponsor a Higher Ground Student

Building Together

February

Community Outreach at Prosperity Market at the California African American Museum

Location: Los Angeles, California

Impact: We sponsored over 50 families with free grocery card guides and vegetable seeds to the local community to support their nutritional journey.

April

Joy Is Everywhere Workshop Youth Mental Health Town Hall w/ National Alliance Mental Illness

Location: Culver City, California

Impact: We sponsored a life skills workshop to 3rd-5th graders in self-expression teaching teachniques to improve communication and fitness through yoga, mindfulness breathing, journaling, and positive affirmations facilitate by Children’s Play Specialist Joy McElveen and Mindfulness Coach Maya Emelle.

April

Community Outreach - We celebrated Easter Sunday in Austin at the Mueller Market,

Location: Austin, Texas

Impact: We sponsored over 100 families with grocery card guides and vegetable seeds to the local community to support their nutritional journey.

May

Self Care Together Workshop at Tutwiler Education Center

Location: Tutwiler, Mississippi

Impact: A workshop designed for women of all ages, where they learned ways to improve their self care practices, through self-reflection, social media coaching and time management exercises facilitated by Children & Family Life Coach Ashley Blanco and Mindfulness Coach Maya Emelle

June

Summer Program Rise Summer Improv

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Impact:Supported 50 elementary students in the Los Angeles area with an improv classes designed to develop life skills to boost self-esteem and grow confidence in self-advocay and public speaking.

July

Summer Program Flavors of Orign Nutritional Wellness Festival at Boys & Girls Club Mar Vista

Location: Culver City, California

Impact: Serviced over hundreds of families with free educational booths, community resources, and expert panel discussions to support sustainable nutritional behavorial habits.

August - September

Programming Rise Summer Program Baldwin Hills Recreation Center

Location: Los Angeles, California

Impact:Supported 25 students from Baldwin Hills Elementary School from 3rd – 5th grade in the Los Angeles area with an improv classes designed to develop life skills to boost self-esteem and grow confidence in self-advocay and public speaking.

Program Funding

Grant Awards
Source
Year
2023 Pubilc Space Activation Grant
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
2023
2023 Social Program Grant
Office of Holly J. Mitchell
2023
2023 Sony Social Justice Fund
Sony Music Entertainment
2023

Benefactor Demographics

Ethnicity
Percentage
African-American/Black/African Descent
75%
LatinX
13%
Native American
8%
European Descent
4%
Gender
Male
48%
Female
52%
Ages
6(+)

Where We Served

Organization Name
Location
Boys & Girls Club Mar Vista Gardens
Culver City, CA
Baldwin Hills Recreation Center
Los Angeles, CA
Boys & Girls Club Santa Monica
Santa Monica, CA
Tutwiler Education Center
Tutwiler, MP
Mueller Farmer’s Market
Austin, TX
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