Our HCZ Values

HCZ’s Values are a critical part of our culture and model for success to ensure we provide the best programs and supports to the children and families we serve. The below six Values work together and balance each other, guiding how we behave and make decisions across the organization.

Children First

We embrace a holistic, youth-centered approach to create transformational opportunities, driven by justice and a radical hope for their future.

We partner with families and our community to prioritize the safety, well-being, and development of our youth.


We set high expectations and uncompromising standards because our children, families, and community deserve consistent, high-quality opportunities and services.

We role-model, execute, and serve with integrity and accountability.


We deeply value the knowledge, diversity, and experience that every child, family, community partner, and colleague brings.

We ask to understand, listen before sharing, and act with empathy.

Strategic Relentlessness

We explore every option to find the best approach to address the complex challenges each of our youth and families face.

We persevere with resilience, balancing extraordinary effort with sustainable resources and expertise.

Army of Love

We support each other and work together with laughter and joy to turn shared strength and wisdom into collective impact.

We learn from each other, ask for help when we need it, and respond when asked.

Best Selves to Best Serve

We bring our best selves to this challenging work each day, to best serve our young people, their families, and this community.

We encourage healthy habits and support each other’s journey for physical, emotional, and personal wellness.