Elevate Savannah’ unique, relationship-based approach employs full-time staff who represent the community they serve. Part teacher, part mentor, part life coach, our dedicated team members make themselves available 24/7 to build relationships with students. The strength of these relationships is developed through four key program components.
COLLEGE & CAREER
- 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.
- 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.
- We focus students’ attention and energy into four program areas: Accredited Classes, Mentoring, Adventure, and College & Career.
- Cross-age mentoring allows our high school students to become leaders and role models for elementary youth.
- Elevate is not limited to the school year. Our year-round programming ensures students stay engaged.
Building character and life skills
- Elevate courses are taught at public schools
- District approved curriculum that fully aligns with Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE)
- Unique model that teaches 13 Character Qualities & Life Skills
- Students collaborate through experiential learning, group activities, and discussions
- Cross-age mentoring occurs when high school students teach similar lessons to elementary school students weekly
- Click here for an in-depth description of the curriculum.
Walking alongside students
- Teacher-Mentors are available to students after-school, on the weekends, and over the summer
- Staff create bonds that help students discover their talents and strengths to develop personal goals
- Teacher-Mentors lead with model behavior influencing the trajectory of the student’s future
- Practices like one-on-one and small group discussions are encouraged for building intentional relationship
Growth through challenge
- Elevate believes in pushing students to explore life beyond their comfort zones
- Through new and life changing experiences, students develop teamwork and leadership skills
- Adventure trips can be used to expose students to various local attractions to help them gain more insight of their home
- Students have gone on riverboat rides, marsh bomb fires, and state capitol tour etc.
college & Career
The next step
- Students evaluate post-secondary options to create a career plan
- Staff assist students with applications for college, scholarship and jobs etc.
- Teachers-Mentors enhance vocational skills through mock interviews, resume building, and LinkedIn profile development
- Elevate collaborates with with many in-school and community organizations to attend local job fairs, and college expos