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


Some target New England cities have a graduation rate as low as 71.7%. In our pilot school, the graduation rate is as low as 58.1%.  


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


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

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

Over the course of their lifetimes, a high school dropout will earn an average of $375,000 less than high school graduates, and roughly $1,000,000 less than college graduates.


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.



In the United States, high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.

the crisis

Students living in low-income and under-served cities in New England are facing a complex set of experiences and circumstances. Many urban youth lack positive relationships in their lives. The lack of support and guidance results in unacceptable graduation rates across New England: These dropout rates correlate to serious issues:

  • An alarming cost to society for every student who does not graduate
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Substance abuse
  • Negative effects on mental health
  • Crime and incarceration rates
  • Unemployment rate, 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 New England is building relationships that help students across Lowell and Lawrence prosper economically and socially. With your support, we have the opportunity to take this transformative program to even more cities across New England, serving more students each year.

imagine if no one

showed you they cared.

“About 10 years ago, we took some businesspeople down to tour the Canyon City Prison System. It was a big deal – covered by NBC Nightly News. On national TV, the prison warden said, ‘We are the fastest growing industry in America. And, you can put us out of business if you solve one problem.’ He said, ‘I will give you a hint. It is not the drug problem, or the gang problem, or the education problem, or the socio-economic problem. It is a relationship problem… We profile every prisoner who comes into our front door… And, virtually all say, ‘I would not be here if somebody really cared about me when I was younger.’”


how we take action