The Need

Transformational Relationships

Education Failure


Elevate Phoenix ensures that our kids do not become statistics. We provide teacher/mentors who are available 24/7/365 to ensure they have the support they need to overcome the challenges they may face. We give hope and teach skills to inspire the kids to become leaders, creating generational change at home and in their communities.

Sobering Statistics

Every year, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s one student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that students who graduate from high school earn almost $10,000 more/year than those who don’t.

Government Spends

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


If you consider yourself successful, chances are, somewhere along your journey there were people who encouraged or pushed you to reach your potential. It may have been a parent, teacher, relative, or a mentor. Unfortunately, many of today’s urban youth lack this positive guidance resulting in alarming school dropouts, teen pregnancy and higher incarceration rates. This is where Elevate Phoenix comes in.

We provide meaningful relationships, opportunities and experiences that shape students into the young adults we know they can become.


Elevate Phoenix employs a holistic approach to meet each child’s needs. This means full-time salaried teacher-mentors, year-round programming, cross-age mentoring and a long-term relational approach in four areas: accredited classes, mentoring, reading & literacy, and graduation and post-secondary plans.


Elevate Phoenix is building relationships that help students in urban Phoenix Arizona prosper economically and socially.

With your support, we can grow this program across the entire Phoenix Union High School District, serving 17 urban title one schools and well over 20k+ students.

Dalila A. Gamper

Executive Director

Our Students Challenges

26% will have a child before their 19th birthday and 3,443 juvenile delinquent cases were filed according to Maricopa County, Arizona.

52% Dropout Rate

23% Grow Up in Poverty

Drugs & Violence

Polarized Relationships

Polarized Communities


Lost potential from each urban student

Dr. Chad Gestson
Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent

“As superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, I express my full support of Elevate Phoenix,” said Dr. Chad Gestson. “The program is deeply committed to providing not just hope, but opportunity to our students. The District’s partnership with Elevate Phoenix is directly aligned with the promise we make to our community that every single student in Phoenix Union will be welcomed, loved, and inspired and leave us fully prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. Our strategic and formal partnership now dates back ten years and has yielded impressive results.”

Tom Lehman – PGA Champions Tour Professional

I have had the kind of team that every person who chases any kind of dream needs in order to reach their potential. I have been amazingly blessed by the people who have been given to me in my life and who have poured all that they have had into me.

This is why I believe in and am committed to Elevate Phoenix.  Elevate is all about providing the kind of guidance and influence in the lives of disadvantaged youth. This organization is near and dear to my heart because their mission and process is one that I believe in.  I believe a key factor in the development and growth of a community, state and our nation starts with our youth. 

Elevate is all about providing guidance and influence in the lives of disadvantaged youth.