The Elevate Savannah program has four focuses: mentoring, adventure, college and career, and according to Walker, Elevate mentors work with students during after-school programs, weekends events, summer programs and more. Elevate Savannah began serving Beach High School in 2019, making the program’s debut in Georgia. Their offering includes a superintendent-approved, accredited class called “Tools for College Success” which counts as an elective toward students’ graduation. Though Elevate Savannah is currently only offered at Beach High School, this is only the beginning for the program in the city. Walker said, “We do a pipeline. It’s a model down approach, so we start at a particular high school and eventually we’ll cover all grades in that high school.” Walker said after enough mentors are dispersed amongst every grade in the high school, the program will begin to service a neighboring middle school before expanding to a different area of Savannah. In the meantime, Elevate Savannah is accomplishing new milestones as a new local program, since this will be Elevate Savannah’s first time throwing a graduation block party for a senior class. “We have 42 seniors that are graduating and we want to provide an environment of fellowship, gratitude and overall love to celebrate this milestone for students,” said Kendall Walker, teacher/mentor at Elevate Savannah. Walker says that the students are excited about their upcoming celebration, and some want to participate in making the experience special. “One of our students is an inspiring rapper and he created a song just for Elevate and he’s going to be performing,” Walker said.
“Anytime we have the opportunity to give back we do, and if we can meet the students where they are, in their safe-haven, that’s what we do.” — Kendall Walker, teacher, mentor of Elevate Savannah