As a sports-based youth development organization, ELEVATE aims to provide high quality academic, athletic, and enrichment programming that helps to develop the life skills of our student-athletes. We know the importance of sport and the supporting services we provide. The benefits of youth sports and the organizations that provide them are boundless. Students who participate in after-school sports programs show higher academic performance, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, and are more likely to show positive work habits.
ELEVATE's after-school program provides services through our students' high school graduation, ensuring development is maintained throughout. Our goal is to not just create better students and basketball players, but young people with the confidence, skills, and thought to achieve their dreams. The benefits of participating in long-term extracurricular activities as a teenager also extend to increased opportunity, social capital, and civic engagement.
Students who participate in consistent extracurricular programming are
ELEVATE student-athletes have many positive accomplishments to show for their hard work. They have improved their grades, volunteered in the community, and earned scholarship money. Our students have advanced in national academic competitions, won prestigious school awards, and have had externships in their careers of interest. In surveys, they report having confidence in their abilities to excel in school and other activities and pride in themselves and those around them. All of these are measures of how ELEVATE develops winners for life.
Since our inception in 2009, 21 out of 21 student-athletes who have completed our after-school program have matriculated to college on an academic or athletic scholarship. 83% of these graduates have been first-generation college students. This is a long-term goal for our students and one of our proudest accomplishments. We strive everyday to give our current students this same opportunity with the skills needed to thrive in their academic, personal, and professional lives.