Higher Grounds mentoring program empowers youth to develop the necessary skills and abilities required to maximize their opportunities for personal growth and productive citizenship. Higher Grounds provide school based, academic, therapeutic, and group mentoring based on personal need and development. Our program models were designed in the evidence-based principles of motivational interviewing and strengths-based approaches that target resiliency and protective factors. Youth are connected to current community resources aimed particularly at the development and improvement of character and competency. Higher Ground is committed to exposing youth to new cultures and experiences while providing them with the basic skills needed to transition into adulthood through education, skills training, exposure to different cultural ideas, and the building of confidence.