No one gets there alone
That’s why Elevate shows up
Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.
Building a new generation of leaders
If you consider yourself successful, chances are, somewhere along your journey there were people who encouraged or pushed you towards your potential. It may have been a parent, a teacher, a relative, or a mentor.
Unfortunately, many of today’s youth in Kansas City lack this positive guidance, resulting in alarming dropout, teen pregnancy, and incarceration rates. That’s where Elevate comes in—with meaningful relationships, opportunities, and experiences that shape students into the young adults we know they can become.
meeting kids where they need us most
Using this strategy means employing full-time, salaried teacher-mentors, year-round programming, cross-age mentoring, and a long-term relational approach in four areas: accredited classes, mentoring, adventure, and Pathways to Purpose, our college & career planning program. We currently have teacher-mentors supporting Southeast High School and Banneker Elementary in the Center School District.
real lives changed
We equip students to grow in strong character, social success, community engagement, and social and emotional skills.
87% of Elevate Metro KC students are on track to graduate from high school. By comparison less than 65% of Southeast HS students graduate high school.