YDI-Elev8 community schools remove barriers to learning by partnering to assure high-quality educational and youth development practices focused on student success.
By implementing a full-service community schools’ strategy, including extended learning, school-based health and family engagement and supports, YDI-Elev8 community school schools can remove academic barriers to learning, improve school climate and engage parents and families in student learning.
Driving YDI-Elev8’s work is ensuring that students finish eighth grade prepared for high school and beyond. In addition, the initiative is invested in furthering the success of families from high-poverty communities through its focus on community engagement, advocacy and policy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.
YDI-Elev8’s community schools are located in Albuquerque at Grant and Wilson Middle Schools and West Mesa High School.
The Elev8 strategy was developed by The Atlantic Philanthropies and is being implemented in 15 middle schools and one high school in Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland and New Mexico. In 2010, Youth Development, Inc. became the lead agency for Elev8 New Mexico.
Click here for the 2015-16 YDI-ELEV8 Annual Report.
Elev8 Program Manager
Elev8 NM Public Policy Director