Aspire Higher Foundation exists to provide youth of Indianapolis with opportunities that bend the arc of social justice in their direction. Our goal is to assist in breaking the cycle of structural racism, and dismantling systems that are not equal for children and youth of color. We are committed to providing educational, technical, economic, social and sports programming, to enhance the experiences for success in the lives of all children, especially those who are disenfranchised. Our mission is community first.
Our programs include:
Chess in the Park –
Chess in the Park is held at Frank Young Park, across the street from Aspire House. Indy’s Inner-City Chess Club provides chess masters to teach all ages. Chess has been persuasively linked with improving children’s concentration, problem-solving, critical, original, and creative thinking – and even mathematical abilities. It is also said to help with memory storage and how our brains manage information. Playing the game of chess helps a person to develop strategies to use in life.
Health, Wellness and Fitness –
Great communities and strong neighborhoods are healthy communities. Aspire Higher Foundation is committed to offering instruction on good nutrition, exercise, and mind/body maintenance.
A camp for children between the ages of 8-13 to learn the strategies of the game, exercise their bodies and become engaged in sport.
An introductory clinic for boys in grades 5th – 8th.
Urban Bloom –
This program provides an avenue for economic development and a community rebuilding program for teens and young adults.
Urban Nights –
Creative placemaking offers classes for all, where community members, artists, arts and culture organizations, community developers, and other stakeholders use arts and cultural strategies to implement community-led change.
Walking Club –
Walking increases cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, improves the management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes. Walking produces stronger bones and improved balance. This low-impact exercise also facilitates opportunity for conversation and social engagement among groups.
We exist for those starting at the back of the pack.