About Us | ElevateUSA

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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help us reach more kids

"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

Marcia Barnes
Board Member

Kevin

Erika Davis
Board Member

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

Rob Wynkoop
Senior Director for Auxiliary Services, Purdue University

Ted Nolting
Board Member

Lezlie Heath
Retired teacher.

Our Team

Candace Jones
Teacher/Mentor

Kevin

Ryan London
Teacher/Mentor

Nathan McCalla
Teacher/Mentor

Aaron Story
President & CEO

Tia Swain
Education Curriculum Coordinator & Teacher/Mentor

Amanda Garza
Teacher/Mentor

Charles Adams III
Teacher/Mentor

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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.

Founding Partners

Elevate Indianapolis is extremely thankful to the following individuals, families, corporations, and foundations who have generously supported us as Founding 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 317-697-1925.

  • AAA Hoosier Motor Club
  • John Ackerman
  • Allen Commercial Group
  • Ambrose Property Group
  • Amerestore
  • American Structurepoint Inc.
  • Bob Andersen, Superior Oil Company
  • Marcia Barnes
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Baumgartner & Co. Asphalt Services
  • Denny Barrett
  • Greg Bell
  • Dick & Joan Bennett
  • Jack Berman, Bessemer Trust
  • Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
  • Tag & Marta Birge
  • Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
  • Dr. Robert Bowen
  • Gary Brackett Impact Foundation
  • Brees Dream Foundation / Super Service Challenge
  • Broken Beaker Distillery
  • Kevin & Trish Byerley
  • Byron & Terri Buhner
  • Dan & Janet Calandro
  • Phil & Jill Caldwell
  • Citimark Inc.
  • Kim & Margie Clark
  • Colliers International
  • Rob & Erin Cosler
  • Steve & Lynne Cosler
  • Critchlow Products
  • Danco Roofing Services, Inc.
  • Erika Davis
  • Dr. Greg & Debra Davis
  • John & Susie Davis
  • Danny & Debbie Dean
  • Pete & Linda DiPaola
  • Duke Realty
  • Greg Enas
  • Fidelity National Title
  • Don & Linda Fisher
  • Jim & Marti Flickinger
  • Luz Flores
  • Fox and Fox, Inc.
  • Denny & Ann Fulk
  • Dick & Bonnie Garrett
  • Bret & Leah Gilliland
  • Ginovus
  • Janice Harbin
  • HardingPoorman
  • Terry & Lezlie Heath
  • Jay & Mary Jo Hein
  • Marvin & Donna Hitchcock
  • Matt Hook
  • Dane & Cathy Hudson
  • Chip & Sandy Hutchison
  • The Indianapolis Foundation
  • Indy Facets
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Aaron & Bridget Johnson
  • Candace Jones
  • Arthur Jordan Foundation
  • KSM Location Advisors
  • Cal & Sue Kuphall
  • Litho Press Inc.
  • Ryan & Stephanie London
  • Lee Lurton
  • Mainstreet
  • Nathan McCalla
  • Mike & Margy McCormick
  • Michael & Kelly McCulloch
  • Morales Group
  • Tom & Chris Morales
  • Dr. Jim & Jill Milligan
  • Mark & Leslie Mills
  • Jack & Debbie Morrissey
  • Narnia Pilot Project
  • Dave & Joelle Neff
  • Tim & Janet Norton
  • Old National Bank
  • Brad & Tiffany Olson
  • The OPUS Foundation
  • The OPUS Group
  • Don & Carolyn Palmer
  • Rob & Gina Palmer
  • Eric & Leah Payne
  • Matt & Sandy Peelen
  • The Peterson Company
  • Stan Pietkiewicz
  • Prologis
  • Lucas & Lauren Query
  • Russell Pulliam
  • Relocation Strategies
  • Thomas Rush
  • Cathy Russell
  • Sagamore Institute
  • John & Peg Sauder
  • Scannell Properties
  • Steve & Linda Schneider
  • ServiceMaster by Crossroads Restoration
  • Alex Shaffer
  • Jim & Alice Shaffer
  • Mary Ellen Shaffer
  • David Shane
  • Carlos Sang
  • Roger & Janine Sheppard
  • Bart Shroyer
  • Jim & Jennifer Sinclair
  • Mike & Sue Smith
  • David Smitson
  • Sport Graphics Printing
  • Mike & Carol Stayton
  • Clo & Peggy Stinson
  • Randy Stokely
  • Tim & Tia Swain
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Team Elevate Indianapolis
  • Tesco Bus Corporation
  • Ken & Debbie Varndell
  • Gary Warren
  • Bob & Nancy Whitacre
  • Dr. Frank & Chris Wilson
  • John Workman
  • Zeller Realty Group