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Pulliam: Reversing Indy’s brain drain
INDYSTAR: Russ Pulliam
October 31, 2016

Call it the reverse of the brain drain. Often top students are fleeing Indy for the East Coast or Chicago. Yet entrepreneurs are now working to bring back all that wisdom and wealth by encouraging individuals to spend the second half of their life in Indy. Example: Elevate Indy, a new mentoring program in the Indianapolis Public Schools. READ ARTICLE

Universities Revamping Teacher Prep to Provide More Hands-On Training
Education Week: Brenda Lasevoli
October 5, 2015

Britt says Marian will aim to recruit teachers to its residency program from the Indianapolis community. For example, the university plans to partner with groups that work with minority youth such as the Indianapolis Urban League, Elevate Indianapolis, and the Center for Leadership Development. Right now, Marian Marian’s education school has 450 students. Britt plans to double that number by 2021. READ ARTICLE

Elevate mentors shape IPS students into leaders
INDYSTAR: Stephanie Wang
September 19, 2016

It’s the last class at the end of the week, but Candace Jones is relentlessly cheerful. “Happy Friday!” she chirps to students walking through the hall at Arsenal Tech High School, waving a pompom. The teacher greets students with a firm handshake — even those who aren’t in her class. As students slide into their desks, there’s a question on the projection screen for all of them to answer: Who is the best listener you know? READ ARTICLE

New teachers keep up with kids in and out of the classroom
CBS4: Marianne Lyles
May 12, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — There is a new type of educator making their way into Indianapolis Public School classrooms. The group is working to keep kids off the streets, getting them to graduate and to become successful adults who will help our community. Kendia Lovelady, a sophomore at Arsenal Tech High School, is taking this special and unique class right now. “It just teaches you about being a better person and how to transform to an ideal adult,” Lovelady said. SEE STORY & READ ARTICLE

Program to Prep ‘Tomorrow’s Urban Leaders’
Inside Indiana Business: Gerry Dick
December 1, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS- A new nonprofit formed and led by business and community leaders is partnering with Indianapolis Public Schools on an initiative aimed at transforming the lives of urban youth. ELEVATE Indianapolis is modeled after Colorado Uplift in Denver and ELEVATE programs in Orlando, Phoenix and New York, where organizers boast collective graduation rates in excess of 95 percent. ELEVATE Indianapolis is privately-funded by the central Indiana business community, foundations and individuals and focuses on providing youth with a “plan for the future.” READ ARTICLE

Pulliam: IPS program helps fill parental gap
INDYSTAR: Russ Pulliam
October 23, 2015

When parents are missing, students fail. So Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is looking for ways to fill in for the parents. He's found a potential game-changer in Elevate Indianapolis, which starts an intense mentoring effort in IPS next semester. READ ARTICLE