About Us | Elevate Indy

our mission

Building long-term, life-changing relationships with Indianapolis urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.

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fivE distinct elements of the Elevate model

  1. Full-time, salaried teacher-mentors who are representative of our student population are available to their Elevate students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  2. Our staff works with students from year to year. This long-term relational approach allows for a “pipeline” of influence from 2nd through 12th grade. 
  3. We focus students’ attention and energy into four program areas: Accredited Classes, Mentoring, Adventure, and College & Career. 
  4. Cross-age mentoring allows our high school students to become leaders and role models for elementary youth. 
  5. Elevate is not limited to the school year. Our year-round programming ensures students stay engaged. 

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our seven core beliefs

  1. We believe that EVERY CHILD is of great worth and has the desire and potential to succeed.
  2. We believe that LONG-TERM, 24/7 RELATIONSHIPS with caring adults have proven positive outcomes in the lives of our urban youth.
  3. We believe that a HOLISTIC approach is essential for a strong and healthy future for our youth.
  4. We believe that FULL-TIME, SALARIED TEACHER-MENTORS WHO COME FROM SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS as the students can have a positive influence and make all the difference.
  5. We believe that the SERVANT LEADERSHIP, creating a culture of selflessness and service, is the foundation for leadership.
  6. We believe in the intrinsic DIGNITY of every person and act accordingly.
  7. We believe that COLLABORATION yields the best long-term results, acknowledging that the complex work in our urban centers cannot be done single handedly.

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*MAKE SURE YOU SELECT “ELEVATE INDIANAPOLIS” on the dropdown menu of the donation page.
“There is no better investment you can make to improve our community. Elevate is a proven, unique model that is the most effective program for improving the lives of urban youth that I have seen. As a businessperson, you constantly are looking for return on your investment or ROI. The ROI on Elevate is off-the-charts, both financially and, more importantly, in the return you see in changed lives.”

Steve Cosler, Chairman of the Board, Operating Partner, Waterstreet

Our Board

Steve Cosler
Chairman

Jay Hein
Vice Chairman

Michael McColloch
Board Member

Tom Morales
Board Member

Tim Norton
Board Member

Don Palmer
Board Member

Bob Whitacre
Board Member

Frank Wilson, M.D.
Board Member

Julie E. Welch (CPA)
Board Member

Ted Nolting
Board Member

Lezlie Heath
Retired teacher.

Rochelle A. Woods
Chief Clarifier/President
Rochelle A. Woods LLC

Shadreck Kamwendo
Regional Population Health Manager
IU Health

Our Team

Aaron Story
President & CEO

Amanda Garza
Teacher/Mentor

Charles Adams III
Teacher/Mentor

Jackson Gutierrez
Engagement Coordinator

Braylon Myer
Teacher-Mentor

Adam Johnson
Teacher-Mentor

Kara Simmons
Teacher-Mentor

Mabel Moreno
Teacher-Mentor

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Founding Partners

Elevate Indianapolis is extremely thankful to the following individuals, families, corporations, and foundations who have generously supported us as our Community Partners during our first two years (2015-2017) as a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

We welcome new partners to support our mission – “Building Long-Term, Life-Changing Relationships with Urban Youth” in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. Please consider donating online www.elevateindy.org/donate or contact us at info@elevateindy.org or (317) 643-5327.

  • A Perfect Promotion
  • AAA Hoosier Motor Club
  • Arthur Dean Family Foundation
  • Arthur Jordan Foundation
  • Arties on Central
  • Ball So Hard Club
  • Bessemer Trust Co.
  • Bowen Engineering Corporation
  • Brees Dream Foundation Super Service Challenge
  • Buckingham Foundation
  • Burks Family Foundation
  • Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Charles Schwab Foundation
  • Children’s Bureau, Inc.
  • College Park Church
  • Colliers International
  • Compass Construction Group
  • Craig Miller Giving Fund via Schwab Charitable
  • Element Three
  • ELEVATE USA
  • Enas Narnia Fund
  • Expansion Health LLC
  • Fi3 Advisors
  • Fisher Family Partners LLP
  • For His Glory Foundation
  • Fox Run Charitable Fund Household
  • Gary Brackett’s IMPACT Foundation
  • Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Gregory & Debra Davis Family Charitable Fund
  • Hamilton County Community Foundation
  • Honey Creek Capital
  • Hook Family Charitable Fund
  • Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
  • Indian Creek Christian Church
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education
  • Indy Metro Church
  • J D Levy & Associates
  • KBIC
  • Liotti Family Fund
  • Lumina Foundation
  • MEG & Associates
  • Megaluno Consulting
  • Michael F. & Jody J. Petrie Foundation Inc
  • Miller Family Giving Fund
  • Morales Group Inc.
  • National Christian Foundation
  • National Recreational Foundation
  • Network For Good
  • Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc.
  • Old National Bank
  • Opus Foundation
  • Pacers Foundation
  • Padgett Family Gift Fund
  • Palmer Family Foundation
  • Payne & Mencias Foundation
  • Paypal Charitable Giving Fund
  • PROACT Community Partnerships Inc
  • Purse Strings
  • Rotary Foundation of Indianapolis
  • Rush Foundation
  • Sertoma Club of Broadripple
  • Simmons Family Foundation
  • Skillman Corporation Construction Management
  • Superior Oil Company
  • Tesco
  • The Cosler Family Fund
  • The Crosspoint Holding Charitable Cornerstone Fund
  • The Duncan Family Fund
  • The Dunn Family Giving Fund
  • The Franklin & Christine Wilson Charitable Fund
  • The Harding Family Fund
  • The Indianapolis Star
  • The Jay & Mary Jo Hein Family Fund
  • The John & Marie Miley Fund
  • The Love Multiplied Fund
  • The Norton Family Fund
  • The Phil & Kathie Fox Stewardship Fund
  • The Pietkiewicz Giving Fund
  • The River of Joy Giving Fund
  • The Russell Company
  • The Sablosky Family Foundation
  • Thompson Boomerang Fund
  • Thrivent Financial Foundation
  • Trinity Fellows Academy
  • Walker Corporate Foundation
  • The Watermark Group
  • The Whitacre Family Gift Fund
  • The William & Denise Matthews Fund
  • The Workman Family Charitable Fund