Our Mission, Our Vision Our Legacy and how we changes lives

OUR VISION is that every child lives in a world where they recognize their value and the value of others. UP and Over is dedicated to promoting balanced, respectful and enriched relations between people. To build a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. Up and Over signifies encouraging others through self empowerment to overcome obstacles. To not only go UP the hill, but to get OVER it one step at a time.

Up and Over's GOAL is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished that will give youth the commitment to follow through on a path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Through repeated personal failures in the classroom and the development of destructive habits, at-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together. To accomplish this goal, young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect. The goal of the programs are to identify youths who are going to have a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer positive support systems to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different in each program but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to make positive decisions in his/her life. 

The STRAGETIES within our programs are designed to encourage youth to dream beyond the perceived limitations of their surroundings and or personal life.

The mission of Up and Over is the pursuit of the following principles:

Commitment: Up and Over wants to inspire pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and instill a sense of hope in the future.

Responsibility: The focus of Up and Over is to empower youth in establishing goals and following through on commitments while being accountable for their decisions and actions.

Possibility: Up and Over wants to expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life's possibilities.

Support: An individual is dramatically influenced by their support system. Up and Over wants to surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment.