About Us

Mission Statement:

"To provide a safe environment for at-risk youth to challenge themselves and their limiting beliefs through mentoring and outdoor experiences."

Vision Statement:

"We are a self-sustaining, value-based community guided by integrity, respect and trust, supporting at-risk youth in being responsible, contributing members of society."

Our Goals:

  • To build leaders.
  • To inspire at-risk youth in Colorado to reach higher than they believe is possible.
  • To provide ongoing guidance and support to our campers and mentees for many years to come.
  • To grow our organization’s resources and volunteer staff in order to reach more teens every year.

Higher Ground Youth Challenge is a Colorado-based, 501(c)(3) EIN (84-1450082) non-profit organization working with at-risk youth to give them a chance to do more than dream. Our program incorporates a unique, two-pronged approach of a weeklong, outdoor, experiential camp and an ongoing mentoring program. 


The youth we serve are teens, ages 13-16, that come from challenging situations and unfortunate circumstances where their guardians may be single parents, other family members, or may be entirely absent. 

These teens may be the caregivers for younger siblings, breadwinners for the family, or may be fending for themselves.  They face obstacles such as gangs, drugs, and alcohol on a daily basis.  With the help of referrals from other outstanding youth organizations, such as Denver Kids, Girls, Inc., Mi Casa, Denver Public Schools, and others, Higher Ground Youth Challenge has reached over 300 youth, so far.

For more information, visit Our Program.

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