A Pathway to Purpose | Elevate Indy

a pathway to purpose

Post-secondary preparation is one of the four primary program areas we offer to our low-income, high-risk Indianapolis Public Schools students. During the 2019-2020 school year, we anticipate investing more than 4,500 program mentoring hours in over 150 IPS 9th–12th graders at George Washington and Arsenal Tech High Schools. Since its inception, Elevate Indy has maintained a high school graduation rate of 90% and an 80% postsecondary placement rate for students in our program.

With our post-secondary mentoring and experiences beginning in September, this year’s anticipated post-secondary budget of $78,000 will be nearly 15% of our total budget and will prepare our students to be enrolled, enlisted, or employed upon graduation.

Unlike other programs only targeting students in the after-school hours, Elevate’s programming combines in-class and out-of-class learning through our privately funded teacher-mentors, who are on call and accessible to students 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Elevate’s Post-Secondary Preparation Program extends over the course of a student’s entire high school career and combines the Elevate Beyond model outlined by our affiliate Elevate USA and the 21st Century Scholar-Scholar Success Program requirements.

Additionally, our Elevate program addresses Summer Melt. A Harvard study reported:

“Across the country, 10-40% of seemingly college-intending students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, fail to enroll in college the fall after graduation.”

The reasons for this drop-off range from not having enough money, to missed deadlines, self-sabotage, lack of support, and many other reasons.

We believe that students desire to fulfill the goals they have worked so hard to identify. We know that preventing Summer Melt begins in the Spring leading up to graduation. In addition, we commit to contacting graduates throughout the Summer following graduation, either through a Bridge Program or continued relational mentor support. This format will help guide conversations with graduates and identify if they are on track for college enrollment. We believe we can freeze Summer Melt.

volunteer engagement opportunities

  1. Annual teacher-appreciation luncheons for our George Washington and Arsenal
    Tech High School staff. 
  2. Business Vision Trips. 
  3. Resume prep and review sessions with students after school. 
  4. Classroom guest career speakers can be scheduled in both the fall and the spring
    to provide their professional story with our students. 
  5. Elevate Beyond volunteers co-facilitate topics with our staff, including completing college and scholarship applications and sharing information on preparing for college life. 
  6. Budgeting 101 sessions with a small group of Elevate high schoolers and a teacher-mentor
    after-school. 

learn more about the Pathways to Purpose Employer investment Program