In 1997, My husband Denny brought me home to what I expected to be a special dinner to Susie-RH-224x300celebrate my 50th birthday. What awaited me was so much more! Denny had filled my home with friends and family to share, celebrate, and present a special gift. These angels on earth pooled their resources and presented me with $3000 in seed money to make my dreams a reality. That generous gift was the humble beginning of Reaching Higher.

Together with my dear friend Linda Hanniford, we wrote the curriculum for Reaching Higher. Linda & I were both career educators with a wealth of knowledge accumulated in both the public school system and private enterprise. After 25 years of working with kids, we witnessed firsthand a gap in the educational system related to emotional and social development. Conversations with parents helped us clarify our mission of creating a personal leadership program that would lift up and inspire our youth to new heights.

Creating this program and carrying out its mission has been an amazing journey. It has blessed me beyond measure, and in ways I could never have envisioned. Over the last 20 years, thousands of hearts have been touched by our program, and the need is stronger now than ever. My greatest joy is to help kids reach their full potential.

Susie Dahlmann