Elevate Indy’s Summer Program “Let’s Go On An Adventure” Transforms Lives and Inspires Growth | Elevate Indianapolis

At Elevate Indy, we understand the importance of fostering student engagement and inspiration, not just during the school year, but also throughout the summer months. This year’s summer program, “Let’s Go On An Adventure!” has been an incredible journey of impactful mentoring moments that have left a lasting impression on all participants.

We’ve taken our students on extraordinary adventures within our city and beyond, witnessing their personal growth and unforgettable first-time experiences. As we approach the end of the summer season, we remain eager to embark on more adventures with our students before they return to school. Each carefully crafted adventure is designed to broaden horizons and encourage paradigm shifts in their thinking.

The Success of Elevate’s Summer Program

We are thrilled to present a glimpse of the awe-inspiring adventures and the statistics that measure the success of our summer program. Our efforts would not have been possible without the continued support and partnership of those individuals, businesses and partner organizations.

Engaging Student Participation

This summer, 150 students participated in our summer programming, dedicating a total of 3,809 hours to Elevate’s enriching activities. On average, each student spent 25 hours engaged in our summer program, showcasing their commitment to learning and growth.

Meaningful Mentorship

Mentorship plays a pivotal role in our program’s success. Throughout the summer, our dedicated Teacher-Mentors spent 1,021 hours providing 1:1, small group, and large group mentoring sessions. A total of 120 students experienced holistic life-on-life mentoring, receiving an average of 8.5 hours of intentional mentoring per student. This individualized support nurtures our students’ personal development and helps them build a strong foundation for the future.

Pathways to Purpose Programming

Our Pathways to Purpose programming focused on helping students explore potential career paths. This initiative saw 34 students participating in Pathways to Purpose activities, including job shadowing, college visits, and career-related learning experiences. On average, each student spent 28 hours on Pathways to Purpose -specific programming, and they had the opportunity to visit five different colleges. Pathways to Purpose is a crucial aspect of our program that empowers students to discover their passions and aspirations.

Thrilling Sports & Adventure Experiences

This summer, we made Sports & Adventure a strong focus with the theme “Let’s Go On An Adventure.” A total of 51 students participated in thrilling Sports & Adventure-related programming, which included exciting events such as the Fellowship on the Fairways golf event celebrating Juneteenth, camping in Tennessee, and visiting Kings Island, among others. On average, each student spent 35 hours engaging in Sports & Adventure-related activities. These experiences not only create fond memories but also instill valuable life skills such as teamwork, resilience, and leadership.

Building Strong Connections with Families

At Elevate Indy, we believe in engaging with our students’ families to create a supportive network. This summer, we invested 71.5 hours in 26 student families through home visits, spending an average of 2.75 hours with each family. By making deeper connections and understanding the environment our students come from, we strengthen our impact and support system.

Data Tracking and Evaluation

Our commitment to continuous improvement is reflected in our data tracking and evaluation practices. We use a proprietary Salesforce-based software system that allows our Teacher-Mentors to update student interactions and time spent daily. This includes 24/7/365 Teacher-Mentor support, mentoring sessions, college-and-career-focused activities, sports & adventure experiences, and family engagement. By monitoring and analyzing this data regularly, we assess our effectiveness, identify areas for improvement, and make informed decisions to amplify our impact on students’ lives.

As the summer draws to a close, we are proud of the transformative experiences and personal growth that our students have undergone during Elevate Indy’s Summer Program “Let’s Go On An Adventure.” The memories made and the skills acquired will undoubtedly impact our student’s lives positively for years to come. We remain dedicated to our mission of building long-term, life-changing relationships with Indianapolis urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.

Get Involved!

We are immensely grateful for the support we receive from individuals, businesses and partner organizations, which makes our summer program and all of our initiatives possible. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we track data and our programs, feel free to reach out to us at info@elevateindy.org.