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Graduating Seniors Testify to Elev8’s Strengths

These Elev8 students who are about to graduate from High School and continue on to college are the kind of leaders all of our communities can be proud of.

Ames Elev8 Musicians in Los Angeles

Bravo to Frank & Luis who performed with the Simon Bolivar Orchesra of Venezuela in February.

Kids help to stop violence

"I feel that us as kids make a difference so our generation won't be a violent one," said Jasmine Marchan.

Ninos ayudan a detener la violencia

"Siento que nosotros como ninos hacemos diferencia, tal que nuestra generacion no sea violenta," dijo Jasmine Marchan, una de cuatro alumnos que entragaron el informe al concejal. "Fue una gran oportunidad, y a que no muchos ninos de nuestra edad lo conocen."

31 Organizations Honored at Together for Tomorrow Challenge Event

Logan Square Neighborhood Association's Elev8 Chicago program located at Ames Middle School in Logan Square is one of 31 organizations honored at Together for Tomorrow Challenge Event.  Elev8 brings together schools, families and the community in low-income areas to ensure that students succeed in school and in life.

Regional Roundup: Chicago Partnerships "Connect Dots" to Improve College Access

While applauding the pilot program, Maria Trejo, Elev8 director for Ames Middle School, said that the bigger barrier for some students and parents is overcoming their initial reaction of “Whoa….what is FAFSA?”

Chicago Elev8 Stories

The year that she entered Ames Middle, a 7th and 8th grade school, was a difficult one for her family, and it showed in Vanessa, said Ames Elev8 Director Maria Trejo.

Three communities begin to shape a vision for Promise Neighborhoods from Catalyst Notebook

Three Chicago neighborhoods – Woodlawn, Logan Square, and Chicago Lawn – are competing for a slice of one President Barack Obama’s more ambitious education-related initiatives: Replication of the Harlem Children’s Zone in 20 spots around the country.