our mission

Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.

our history

January 2016

Elevate USA to St Louis

At Dr. Joseph Davis’ invitation, Debbi Speck visits St. Louis and hosts exploratory meetings with hopes of establishing a new Elevate affiliate in the St. Louis region.

June 2016

Founding Board

Linda Lockwood, Sam Oliver, Gene Quarells, David Fisher, Steve Hoeft Doug Pope.

July 2016

Momentum

Board invested $16,000 and begins Executive Director search.

October 2016

Denver Site Visit

Board members and a delegation from the Ferguson-Florissant School District visits Colorado Uplift and Elevate USA.

February 2017

E.D. Hired

The Board hires Frank Bell to serve as the organizations’ first Executive Director.

March – September 2017

Building an Organization

Community assessment & engagement, resource development, building board strength, and navigating challenges and resistance. $500,000 resource development goal.

September 2017

Tipping Point

Brian Bess and Shawn McLaughlin commit $150,000 to create a matching challenge grant to help raise $300,000.

February 2018

Affiliation Granted

Elevate St. Louis becomes the eight Elevate USA affiliate.

May 2018

Two Major Milestones

Charles Taylor – first Teacher-Mentor.
Ferg-Flor School Board officially welcomes Elevate St. Louis.

August 9, 2018

Launch

Elevate St. Louis begins at McCluer High School with intro to Elevate & Elevater 1. Elevate staff builds relationships with students, teachers & administrators.

November 2018

Growing our Staff

Our second Teacher-Mentor, Jennifer Williams is hired.

December 2018

First Semester Ends

Elevate St. Louis is firmly established in McCluer High School.

January 2019

Program Expansion

Cross-age mentoring and after-school activities.

our history

January 2016

Elevate USA to St Louis

At Dr. Joseph Davis’ invitation, Debbi Speck visits St. Louis and hosts exploratory meetings with hopes of establishing a new Elevate affiliate in the St. Louis region.

June 2016

Founding Board

Linda Lockwood, Sam Oliver, Gene Quarells, David Fisher, Steve Hoeft Doug Pope.

July 2016

Momentum

Board invested $16,000 and begins Executive Director search.

October 2016

Denver Site Visit

Board members and a delegation from the Ferguson-Florissant School District visits Colorado Uplift and Elevate USA.

February 2017

E.D. Hired

The Board hires Frank Bell to serve as the organizations’ first Executive Director.

March – September 2017

Building an Organization

Community assessment & engagement, resource development, building board strength, and navigating challenges and resistance. $500,000 resource development goal.

September 2017

Tipping Point

Brian Bess and Shawn McLaughlin commit $150,000 to create a matching challenge grant to help raise $300,000.

February 2018

Affiliation Granted

Elevate St. Louis becomes the eight Elevate USA affiliate.

May 2018

Two Major Milestones

Charles Taylor – first Teacher-Mentor. Ferg-Flor School Board officially welcomes Elevate St. Louis.

Aug 9, 2018

Launch!

Elevate St. Louis begins at McCluer High School with intro to Elevate & Elevater 1.
Elevate staff builds relationships with students, teachers & administrators.

November 2018

Growing our Staff

Our second Teacher-Mentor, Jennifer Williams is hired.

December 2018

First Semester Ends

Elevate St. Louis is firmly established in McCluer High School.

January 2019

Program Expansion

Cross-age mentoring and after-school activities.

help us reach more students

our staff

Frank Bell
Staff
Executive Director
Charles Taylor
Staff
Teacher-Mentor
Jennifer Williams
Staff
Teacher-Mentor

board members

Linda L. Lockwood
SVP, Regions Bank (Chair)
St. Louis, MO
Samuel Oliver
EVP, Volo Agri Group (Vice Chair)
San Diego CA
Beverly Jenkins
Pastor, Refuge & Restoration Church (Secretary)
St. Louis, MO
David Fischer
Owner, Convene
St. Louis, MO
Douglas Pope
Principal, Discovery Group LLC
St. Louis, MO
Steve Hoeft
President, Raising the Standard, LLC
Rogers, AR
Gene Quarells
Missouri Market Director, Pace Equity
St. Louis, MO
Gene Sherrill
Retired
St. Louis, MO
Martin Myers
Co-Founder & CEO, pePartners
St. Louis, MO
Greg Atchison
Chair, Greater St. Louis c12 Group
St. Louis, MO
Kirksey Williams
Business Consulting Manager, Wells Fargo Advisors
St Louis, MO

advisory board members

our

seven

core

beliefs

  1. We believe that EVERY CHILD is of great worth and has the desire and potential to succeed.
  2. We believe that LONG-TERM, 24/7 RELATIONSHIPS with caring adults have proven positive outcomes in the lives of our urban youth.
  3. We believe that a HOLISTIC approach is essential for a strong and healthy future for our youth.
  4. We believe that FULL-TIME, SALARIED TEACHER-MENTORS WHO COME FROM SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS as the students can have a positive influence and make all the difference.
  5. We believe that the SERVANT LEADERSHIP, creating a culture of selflessness and service, is the foundation for leadership.
  6. We believe in the intrinsic DIGNITY of every person and act accordingly.
  7. We believe that COLLABORATION yields the best long-term results, acknowledging that the complex work in our urban centers cannot be done single handedly.

a bold take on education