Under Elevate program, students are conduits for learning

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 10:58:50 AM. North Las Vegas-area students soon will receive teacher-mentors to assist them with graduation and beyond through a program called Elevate Las Vegas.
North Las Vegas-area students soon will receive teacher-mentors to assist them with graduation and beyond through a program called Elevate Las Vegas. It’s part of Elevate USA, which was formed in 2014 and was inspired by the blueprint of another organization, Colorado UpLift, that helps urban at-risk youth. Elevate USA, which is aimed at increasing high school graduation rates, serves 8,000 students and is operating in 50 schools in seven cities including Phoenix, Indianapolis and Orlando, Florida. The program is set to launch in January at Mojave High School, said Elevate Las Vegas Executive Director Charles Javier. Javier, of North Las Vegas, said he has been working with local youth since 1999, volunteering with a religious youth organization called Young Life and at schools in Henderson, Summerlin and North Las Vegas. He has volunteered at Mojave since 2014, working with the school’s basketball team, football team and student council. “I really believe that there’s great, innovative ways of reversing trends,” he said. “I’m a product of CCSD, and because our city is changing, I want our city to invest in those changes that are also happening in our district.” The state graduation rate is 81 percent, a 10 percent increase from last year, according to preliminary state Department of Education numbers. In Clark County, 83 percent of students graduated, up 10 percent from last year. Elevate Las Vegas will have an accredited class — taught during two class periods — at Mojave,...Read more
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