In Jacksonville, a large majority of urban youth lack even one caring adult in their life, leading directly to increased dropout rates, unemployment, crime, and other roadblocks to their success. Elevate has proven effective in changing these trends and transforming the lives of our nation’s youth. Elevate Jacksonville uses the same model that has been successful across the U.S. to help change the outcomes for students in our city.
Elevate Jacksonville is there for youth when they need us the most. We believe that no one deserves to be alone in the journey to success.
Full time teacher-mentors teach ACCREDITED ELECTIVE classes in public high schools. These classes incorporate 13 vital character qualities and life skills into our daily classroom curriculum through experiential learning, group activities and discussions. These qualities and skills are designed to develop the personal character, leadership abilities and capabilities needed for success.
Teacher-mentors spend 50% of their time mentoring high school students after school, on weekends and throughout the summer. They pay attention to the WHOLE CHILD, discovering their talents, interests and hopes for the future, and then investing in those through activities and time together. Our after-school partners offer extended mentoring, enabling us to reach deeper into the lives of our students.
Elevate students develop teamwork and leadership skills year-round by participating in activities after-school, on weekends, and during the summer. These programs allow students to build confidence in their own abilities by exploring experiences outside their comfort zone. This adventure component also challenges students to utilize their in-classroom training in practical ways.
At Elevate we know that high school graduation day is just the beginning. We provide support to students taking their next steps by assisting with:
Admission applications process
Running interview practice sessions
Students want to succeed, but they need help navigating life’s toughest challenges. Through accredited classes, our mentoring program, adventure opportunities, and college/career assistance, we are showing up for kids each and every day.