Higher Heights

higher heights

youth empowerment programs, inc.


Programs & Services

Information Technology Certification Program

The Higher Heights Information Technology Certification Program offers the hands-on experiences students need in today’s information-based world. Training resources available through the Microsoft® IT Academy Program will help enrolled participants accrue technical certifications, gain an edge on IT jobs, and get a jump on employment and/or post-secondary placements.

Program participants will have an opportunity to gain a maximum of three (3) industry standard certifications through the Information Technology career pathway. This will change our culture and environment of all students who have the opportunity to succeed. Microsoft Certifications will differentiate our students in today's competitive job market and broaden their employment opportunities.

The program offers Microsoft certifications, such as Microsoft Office Specialist (beginner’s level to and Mastery CompTIA certifications, such as A+ and Network+ and OSHA certifications.

Important Documents:

  1. -Program Eligibility

  2. -Program Application

College Access Program (CAP)
The purpose of our College Access Program is to provide more equitable access of college preparatory resources and services to a broad range of students and their families who have a history of being deprived and who as a consequence are underrepresented in the pool of academically high-achieving students.

Students must be entering 9th grade or currently attending high school to apply.

The Program is divided into sessions appropriate for different grade levels.

Program Components:

· SAT and PSAT Test Preparation

· Mentoring

· Academic Tutoring

· College Counseling Sessions/Workshops (for both students and parents)

· College Tour Visits

  1. -Scholarship Planning & Financial Readiness

  2. -Community Service

College Access Savings Program (CASP)

Grant funding from the Webster Bank Foundation and the CFGNH has allowed us to launch our new College Access Savings Program in collaboration with the CT Association for Human Services (CAHS) and Webster Bank. CASP provides positive learning experiences that help young people learn and improve upon personal finance skills using a combination of technology and live instruction. CASP is an Individual Development Account(IDA)Initiative that is geared to support low-income families in New Haven save for post secondary education. 

The Higher Heights CASP is designed to promote patterns of regular savings, responsible spending and budgeting for high school aged students. In addition to fostering a sense of financial responsibility, accountability and habitual savings behaviors in our youth; youth enrolled in this initiative will be saving toward Secondary Education.

HIGHER Women & Men Mentoring Program

The focus of our HIGHER Women mentoring program to include financial literacy for both the young students and their parents.

During a 10-month period, young girls and their mothers attend weekly seminars that focus on financial empowerment and college savings instructed by Financial Services Professionals.


Expanding college access and success through improved financial education is the goal of a new partnership between HHYEP, the (NCAN) and the Greater New Haven Asset Building Collaborative (ABC).  The underlying belief of each agency is that financial knowledge and sufficient assets are crucial to help struggling families move out of poverty and towards economic self-sufficiency. We connect people with a variety of asset-building services, such as access to affordable, mainstream banking; financial planning, education, and coaching; and credit and debt counseling.

Technical Assistance and Outreach

With over 10 years of experience the staff of Higher Heights can help school counselors implement their developmental school counseling program activities by providing instructors to facilitate your lessons.

In addition, our staff are available to help in the planning and facilitate of parent workshop and professional development in your schools.  Call our office at (203) 498-1087.

Professional Development

With over 10 years of experience the staff of Higher Heights can help schools administrators, school counselors and community staff to develop and implement professional development activities for your schools. Call our office at (203) 498-1087.