Transform "Drop Out" Into "Graduate" For America's Most At-Risk Urban High School Students
A student drops out of high school in the United States every 26 seconds — or 7,000 per day. That's a total of 1.2 million students per year. This unfortunate statistic heightens especially in urban areas in America. This initial failure to graduate high school sends a student down a devastating spiral. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment rate of high school dropouts is 47% higher than graduates. Male and female students with low academic achievement are twice as likely to become parents by their senior year of high school, compared to students with high academic achievement. Lastly, high school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes in the United States, and end up incarcerated, costing the government between $1.7 & $2.3 million per dropout who turns to drug or crime over the course of his/her lifetime. Dropping out of high schools is a huge, life-altering problem that hungers for a solution.
Elevate USA created a unique model for helping urban students graduate high school that has garnered national attention. The special sauce is hiring full-time teacher-mentors who build long-term relationships with kids and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. From 2nd grade to 12th grade, this relationship-based approach focuses on four areas: Accredited Classes, Mentoring, Adventure, and College & Career. Struggling students gain academic proficiency, leadership skills, positive role modeling, and preparation for career advancement and higher education. The process builds character in high school and junior high students, as well as life skills, ambitious intelligence, and a desire to engage in the community.
The reach and impact of Elevate USA's programs have been nothing short of extraordinary and extensive. Serving in 62 public schools, Elevate USA has helped over 10,000 kids graduate high school in 10 different cities. Entire futures are shifting and more and more cities are adopting Elevate in their schools. And they should! Right now, 98 percent of Elevate's participants are on track to graduate high school and an astonishing 86 percent are heading to college!