IDEAL is to
Identify, Develop, Educate, Advocate and Lead.
REDEFINING "COOL" BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY
The Higher Hopes’ team believes that all communities should be safe, drug-free places, where young people have the opportunity to grow and achieve at and into their highest potential. Higher Hopes intends to be a factory that produces hope, motivation, resilience and transformation. In fact, even the name of our organization was born out of life experiences of one of our youth that exemplified transformation. During one of our Real Talk group sessions, one of our Future Leaders Of the World (FLOW) shared that she lived in a foster home because her mother had transitioned as a result of the HIV virus and her father was shot and killed in a robbery. She said that we had to be like water because it changes its shape to go around objects in its way and then comes back stronger and with more force than before. That’s where the H2O in our name originated. We feel that if we exhibit and internalize that kind of unbreakable spirit, we will be able to facilitate that type of change within our youth, families and communities. We also call our youth participants Future Leaders Of the World (FLOW) in her honor.
Higher Hopes intends to make a difference by implementing our empirical, community based approach (I.D.E.A.L.; MindSweep & Real Talk) to:
Preserve the Viability of Indigenous Leadership
the community within its own context
the Strengths of the Individual, Family & the Community
Connect the Entire Circle of Interdependence (Support Network)
Evolve by increasing Resilience and Transformative outcomes