our programs

Elevate Metro KC’s unique, relationship-based approach employs full-time staff who represent the community they serve. Part teacher, part mentor, part life coach, our dedicated team members make themselves available 24/7 to build relationships with students. The strength of these relationships is developed through four key program components.

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  1. Full-time, salaried teacher-mentors who are representative of our student population are available to their Elevate students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  2. Our staff works with students from year to year. This long-term relational approach allows for a “pipeline” of influence from 4th through 12th grade.
  3. We focus students’ attention and energy into four program areas: Accredited Classes, Mentoring, Adventure, and College & Career.
  4. Cross-age mentoring allows our high school students to become leaders and role models for elementary youth.
  5. Elevate is not limited to the school year. Our year-round programming ensures students stay engaged.
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Accredited Classes

Building character and life skills

  • Elective accredited class taught in public schools
  • Year-long, day-by-day curriculum which focuses on Elevate’s 13 key character qualities and life skills
  • Fully aligned with Common Core State Standards and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Competencies
  • Students collaborate through experiential learning, group activities and discussions
  • Cross-age mentoring occurs when high school students teach similar lessons to elementary age students weekly
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Walking alongside students

  • Teacher-mentors spend 50% of their time outside of the classroom mentoring high school and junior high students
  • Teacher-mentors are available to their students on evenings, weekends, and over the summer
  • Teacher-mentors pay attention to the whole student – discovering their talents, interests, and hopes for the future through activities and quality time
  • Teacher-mentors represent a positive role model in a student’s life, influencing the trajectory of their future
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Growth through challenge

  • Elevate Metro KC believes in pushing students to explore life beyond their comfort zone
  • Through new and challenging experiences, students are developing teamwork and leadership skills
  • Adventure activities include paddling, skiing, horseback riding and more
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College & Career

The next step

Elevate ensures that all of our students have a plan for the future. We provide assistance with the following steps:

  • Career planning
  • College scholarships
  • Admissions applications
  • Practice interviews
  • Exam preparation 

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