The Need | Elevate Indy

THE NEED

To introduce urban students to positive and caring adults who can ensure they don’t have to navigate life’s toughest challenges alone.

THE NUMBERS

EDUCATION FAILURE

IPS high-school graduation rate was 75% in 2019 for non-waiver students. One out of 3 kids doesn’t graduate.

JOB MARKET

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment rate of high school dropouts is 26.8% higher than graduates. High school graduates earn 24.4% higher wages than non-graduates, and those with at least some college earn 31.0% higher wages than non-graduates.

ECONOMIC EFFECT

In the 2019-2020 school year, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students at the five schools we serve ranged from 56.5-75.7%. At one of the schools we serve, 5.3% of the students are recognized as homeless.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics stated getting students to complete high school raises their average income by $9,400 a year.

The government spends between $1.7 & $2.3 million per dropout who turns to drugs or crime over the course of his/her lifetime.

FAMILY DISINTEGRATION

69% of Elevate students come from single parent homes, and 57% do not live with their biological fathers. Male and female students with low academic achievement are twice as likely to become parents by their senior year of high school, compared to students with high academic achievement.

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CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Criminal Activity: 75% of people incarcerated at the state level and 59% of people in federal prison are high school dropouts.

THE CRISIS

Students living in low-income and underserved areas are facing a complex set of experiences and circumstances. Urban youth lack positive relationships in their life. The lack of support and guidance results in unacceptable graduate rates across the nation. Those dropout rates lead to serious national issues: 

  • An alarming cost to society for every student who does not graduate
  • Increased teen pregnancy rates
  • Increased crime and incarceration rates
  • Increased unemployment rates, while an exceptionally high percentage of employed youth remain unprepared for the workforce

 

The Reality

Every student wants to have a successful life and is inherently capable of it. The reality is that many kids do not have adults in their lives to help them overcome challenges and achieve their potential.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Elevate is building relationships that help students across the country prosper economically and socially. With your support, we have the opportunity to take this explosive program to more cities across America, serving new students by the thousands.

IMAGINE IF NO ONE

showed you they cared.

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