High Aspirations: Violence Prevention For Jackson County African-American Males

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High Aspirations

Program Summary:
Nearly 90% of the High Aspirations’ program participants reside in or adjacent to COMBAT-defined “hot spots.” Considering the frequent changes in address for these young men and boys, most if not all, will at some point in a calendar year reside in, near or travel through these hot spots frequently, to attend school, a place of worship, visit family or receive medical care from the city's health care and mental health care safety net providers.

A  challenge facing HA participants is the competition between life reality (present) and life possibilities (future forward looking). HA endeavors to intervene early in the lives of youth, providing them with the positive influence of a mentor, peer support, academic assistance and leadership building tools to combat persistent negative influences. The challenges, barriers and needs of the Black young men and boys served by HA are many. The support, encouragement, respect, tools for success and love provided by HA and its mentors can and will continue to overcome the negative. 

HA is offering evidence-based, proven successful interventions and activities that lift these boys and young men (8-18), surrounding them with protective factors and encouraging, Higher Aspirations.

Program Addresses: 
High Aspirations • 803 E. 27th Street • Kansas City, MO 64108

816-305-3334 • highaspirationskc.org


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    Calvary Community Outreach Network
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    DeLaSalle Education Center
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    » Community Connections Youth Project

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
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    Independence Youth Court
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    Jackson County Family Court
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    Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
    » AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group

    Kansas City Municipal Court
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    Mattie Rhodes Center
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    » STEM Educational Programs

    Rose Brooks Center
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    Sisters In Christ
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    United Inner City Services (UICS)
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    Urban Ranger Corps
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    Whatsoever Community Center
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    Youth Ambassadors, Inc.
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