The Need

To introduce students to a positive and caring adult who can ensure they don’t have to navigate life’s toughest challenges alone.

the numbers


Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s one student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment rate of high school dropouts is 47% higher than graduates.


Completing high school raises average income by $9,400 a year (The Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

Over the course of their lifetimes, a high school dropout will earn an average of $375,000 less than high school graduates, and roughly $1,000,000 less than college graduates.



In the United States, high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.

the reality

Every student wants to have a successful life and is inherently capable of it. The reality is that many kids do not have adults in their lives to help them overcome challenges and achieve their potential.

the opportunity

Elevate Metro KC is building relationships that help students prosper educationally and socially. With your support, we can continue investing in Center High School and Banneker Elementary students while preparing to expand into additional schools.

how we take action