As careful stewards of your donations, we pledge that over 94% of gross proceeds from the Hike for AHA! will go directly to support AHA!’s programs in-school, after-school and in the summer.

AHA! believes in a world where every teen can feel safe, seen, and emotionally connected; and over the past 18 years, our unique Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program has empowered more than 20,000 youth to build healthy relationships and positive school environments. Donor support has been invaluable in expanding to where we stand today, with 25 highly-qualified staff members helping 3000+ youth each year to transform schools and communities into welcoming, nourishing, expressive, and inclusive spaces where youth and adults work together for the highest good.

AHA! facilitators work with students at area high schools and middle schools, delivering its original Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum via AHA! Freshman Ally and AHA! Peace Builders programs. Research consistently shows that where schools implement quality SEL programs like those offered by AHA!, they see positive impacts on test scores and reductions in suspensions and violent behavior.

Freshmen served through AHA!’s Freshman Ally program learn basic social-emotional skills, develop social conscience and empathy, and get to know peers outside of their normal groupings through facilitated team-building games and small group conversations.

The AHA! Peace Builders program serves to knit students together, increasing their acceptance and understanding of one another, and creating a campus climate where excluded or marginalized students come to feel accepted.

AHA!’s After-School and Summer Programs continue the themes of character development, creativity, social responsibility, diversity appreciation, and enhanced emotional intelligence. Through AHA!’s original, interactive curriculum guided by highly skilled and continuously trained staff members, teens learn peaceful conflict resolution, personal accountability, stress management, compassionate communication, and dynamic self-expression.