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High Aspirations


Mission - High Aspirations raises African American males’ aspirations by initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of their lives spiritually, emotionally, socially, and academically. 

Vision - Planting an all-African American, faith-based mentoring program in the heart of the city changes the lives of African American males. These young men will be tomorrow’s leaders. A nurturing program for African American males increases social capacity and leads to a better quality of life for all, beginning in the inner city and resonating throughout the world. 

Core Values - Quality – Accept nothing less, because African American males deserve the best. 

Challenge – One must know nothing in life is handed to him; focus on the mission and not the opposition. 

Love – This is how others will know who and what we are—Children of God.


Population Served– High Aspiration serves youth in Kansas City's urban core. The median family income in the Kansas City School District is $34,100, and more than 80% of all students receive free/reduced lunch. HA currently serves over 100 participants, and the majority live in single parent, female-headed households. 

Achievements – High Aspirations has grown from seven young men to over 100. As a group, they have improved their GPAs by 17%.  And 68% have made the honor roll or improved their grades. After completing high school, HA’s young men go to college, the military, pursue a trade, or get a job. Last year, HA helped 28 young men find stable employment.


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