About Us

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Elevate Jacksonville​

Our Mission

“To build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.”

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 Staff

Executive Director
Elevate Jacksonville
George E. Maxey
Program Director
Elevate Jacksonville
Carla Austin
William M. Raines High School
Joslyn Graham
William M. Raines High School
Qu'Ron Hall
Jean Ribault High School
Courtney Matthews
William M. Raines High School
Tyson Wright
Terry Parker High School
Marissa Clowers
Terry Parker High School
Adrian Toney

Our History


Community Launch

Preliminary discussions started with city leaders about starting an Elevate affiliate in Jacksonville.




A board of directors was formed with plans to raise startup funds and hire an Executive Director.


November 2018

Early Stages

Elevate Jacksonville hired and began training two Teacher-Mentors to work with students through school activities and community collaborations.

November 2018

January 2019

Raines Launch

The Elevate course began at Raines High School as an accredited, elective course with 91 students enrolled. Plans begin to launch Elevate at Ribault High School.

January 2019

January 2020

Ribault Launch

The Elevate course began at Ribault High School. This program is supported by a grant from the Weaver Family Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Plans then began to launch Elevate at Ribault Middle School.

January 2020

September 2021

Ribault Middle Launch

Two more Teacher/Mentors were hired and trained, and the Elevate course began at Ribault Middle School in November 2021. Plans to launch Terry Parker High School began.

September 2021

January 2022

Terry Parker Launch

Two additional Teacher/Mentors were hired and trained, and the Elevate course began at Terry Parker High January 2022. Plans to grow further are being analyzed.

January 2022

Elevate Jacksonville Board of Directors

Skip Allcorn (Chairman)

Coastal Construction Products

Retired, Co-Owner & Co-Founder



Judith Addison


Senior Client Executive


David Bast

Young Life NE Florida

Executive Director


Gregory C. Burton

Duval County Public School Police

Executive Director


Isaac J. Brohinsky

Financial Solution Advisors



Leonard Chatman, Jr.

Author, Motivational Speaker

Chatman Speaks, LLC.


Patrick D. Coleman

Attorney at Law

Board Certified Specialist,

Labor & Employment Law

John Freeman

JaxUSA Partnership

Director, Business Development and

Global Cities Initiative


Hal Gatewood

Merrill Lynch

SVP Wealth Management 


Ben Goldsmith


Church Movements


Will Newton

Timucuan Asset Management

Commercial Real Estate


Joel Nunnery

Brasfield & Gorrie 

Construction Company


Gregory S. Redmon, Esquire

Attorneys at Law, P.A.

Senior Counsel


Bill Traer

Merit Financial Advisors

Retired, Director of M&A

Elevate Jacksonville Ambassadors

Bennett Brown

Old Glory Bank

Senior Vice President


Sam Coleman

Young Life

National Director of NGL


Mike Hartley

The Hartley Press



Jon Heymann

Education & Business Consultant


Karla Newton

Community Volunteer


Neely Towe


Elevate Jacksonville

Believes in Transparency

Elevate Jacksonville believes in transparency and ensuring that everyone understands how we impact our community. You can download our most recent financial audit by clicking the button below.