The Crisis

There is a crisis occurring across our country. Young people are dropping out of school at alarming rates. Currently, on average, only 74% or our urban core children are graduating from high school. This dropout rate leads to serious national issues:

  •  an estimated cost to society of $2 million for every student who does not graduate
  •  increased teen pregnancy rates
  • increased crime and incarceration rates
  • increased unemployment rates with an exceptionally high number of unprepared workforce



The Reality

Our urban youth face severe challenges every day, leading to educational failure, kids having kids, dads not sticking around and children being passed around. Our urban young people lack the necessary positive relationships to navigate their worlds in a way that leads to productive, satisfying and successful adult lives. This failure to bring our children up for success has a high financial cost to our country, with a far greater social loss – that of precious lives of urban young people who have the potential to lead their communities to strong and stable futures.  We need their leadership.


The Opportunity

Elevate Phoenix is all about RELATIONSHIP development!   Through positive relationships developed in school classrooms, after school activities, summer camps and post secondary experiences, Elevate teacher-mentors positively impact thousands of youth in our city. We have the opportunity to take this explosive program to more schools in Phoenix, serving thousands of youth and changing the dynamics and futures of our urban kids.   Elevate can move our urban youth into influential positions where they will lead us to change for the benefit of all.  


Facts, Stats and Resources


Education Failure

  • Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day Miller, Tony. “Partnering for Education Reform.” U.S. Department of Education. Accessed February 26, 2014.

Economic Effects

  • Each year’s class of dropouts will cost the country over $200 billion during their lifetimes in lost earnings and unrealized tax revenue (Catterall, 1985).
  • A 1% increase in high school graduation rates would save approximately $1.4 billion in incarceration costs, or about $2,100 per each male high school graduate (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2003a).
  • A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.


Job Market

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment rate of high school dropouts is 47% higher than graduates.

Family Disintegration

  • 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 (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2003)