Elevate New York’s “SCALE” Event

Article by Elevate Staffer - November 2014

SCALE event Elevate New York

On Tuesday night, Elevate New York hosted the first event of its SCALE campaign at the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery. The event, which raised awareness and funds for Elevate New York’s programs, was an extreme success and a true celebration of Elevate New York’s mission to raise up the next generation of urban leaders.

We want to thank everyone who attended the event and who donated to the campaign. We extend a special thank you to the night’s sponsors: Stephen and Laura Lewis, Jonathan Kellner, John Vaske and the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery.

To view photos of the night, taken by our Elevate student Gabriel, click here. If you would like to support our efforts and help change the lives of our students, please visit our new donate page.

Elevate and Instinet

Article by Elevate Staffer - October 2014

Elevate New York is thrilled to partner again with Instinet, one of the largest brokerage firms in the electronic markets industry, to help further our student’s education outside of the classroom.

Elevate students at the Instinet office

The after-school program, now in its fifth year, brings Elevate students into the Instinet offices to discover how the lessons  they’re learning in the classroom translate into the working world and their future career ambitions. The Instinet staff build upon our classroom discussions and give our students an insightful view of day-to-day activities, responsibilities and successes of the company.


Along with after school mentoring and hands-on learning experiences, Instinet has also given our students opportunities to intern and to work. An Elevate graduate, Karen Lopez, completed a summer internship that helped her discover what she wanted to study in college. You can learn more about Karen’s experience and our partnership with Instinet here.) Just a few weeks ago, Instinet staff referred a student who showed outstanding leadership qualities to a security agency where he was offered a part-time employment position.


Kevin at the Instinet office

We are so thankful for this incredible partnership with Instinet and are looking forward to another great year ahead!

The Beautique’s Charity Affair Benefits Elevate New York

Article by Elevate Staffer - October 2014

Last week, The Beautique held a black-tie charity affair to honor Roberto Buchelli’s birthday for the benefit of Elevate New York. Roberto is a friend of one of our board members, Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, and since he is very familiar with all the work we do for our students, he turned his party into a celebration that also raised awareness and donations for Elevate New York. It was a truly magnificent night!

Elevate at Beautique

We want to send a huge thank you to Roberto Buchelli, Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, The Beautique, and all of the guests that were able to donate to and bid on the auction prize to help benefit our organization. We are very blessed to have your support, and are excited to see more events like this in Elevate’s future.

Back to School for Elevate New York!

Article by Elevate Staffer - September 2014


School is officially back in session for Elevate New York! While our summer was very busy with our inaugural summer program, we are very excited to be back in the classroom and are ready for another inspiring year of learning, mentoring and growth.

Before the 2014-2015 school year began, several Elevate students came in and helped set up our classroom at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA). This year, we have 30 new Elevate students and 30 returning students. In addition there will be 20 additional former Elevate students joining our After School program.


Our After School program will commence with Homework Help and Tutoring on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Every other Wednesday, we travel to the Times Square offices of Instinet, an institutional trading firm. There, our students interact with staff from various departments. These business professionals teach our students how the lessons learned in the Elevate class are applied at a very successful company.

On alternate Wednesdays, students participate in a movie night sponsored by TrueSpark, one of our After School partners. Every Thursday we alternate between a Pilates class and an Adventure Activity. Friday afternoon is our Bonding Time, where we build relationships outside of the classroom setting.


Kevin Singleton and Yasmine Rodriguez are our two full-time teacher/mentors. Kaylee Souther, a senior at CUNY School of Professional Studies majoring in business, will be interning ten hours each week, providing management support.

Elevate New York will continue to train and inspire young leaders through our In-Class curriculum and After School activities. Our goal this year is to reach more students and have a greater impact by building a team of committed volunteers to help us reach our mission.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Elevate New York, email us at info@elevatenewyork.org.

Summer Camp at Elevate New York

Article by Elevate Staffer - August 2014

While some kids spend their summers playing video games or hanging at the mall, our Elevate students have been spending theirs out of their comfort zones, learning vital life lessons, developing leadership skills, taking care of our community and of course, having a ton of fun with friends – all during our Elevate New York summer camp!

Summer camp runs for six weeks and is filled with 19 Elevate students. So far, there hasn’t been a dull moment. We’ve packed the schedule to include different lessons, activities and field trips… and it isn’t slowing down any time soon!


On Mondays, we focus on academics. We discuss important topics, write in our journals and enjoy various guest speakers, including Bianca Caban, who grew up in the Bronx and then went on to graduate from Harvard. She is now the Chief of Staff for international banker Bob Diamond’s company, Atlas Merchant Capital. Bianca shared about overcoming obstacles (very similar to the ones faced by our students) and achieving her dreams with hard work and dedication.


Come Tuesday, we turn our attention to the community. We fill our days with special community service projects, including serving food at Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen and volunteering at The Legacy Center. And, since school is right around the corner, we’ve also spent time cleaning and organizing the school so that it is in tip-top shape once classes are back in session.


But all of that hard work pays off…Wednesdays are our “fun days!” We head out into town with the Elevate students for trips to places like the Bronx Zoo, amusement parks and NYC parks. The students have put together pick-up games of football, kickball and baseball when we’ve visited local parks.

Elevate zoo trip

As Cameron, one of our students, told us, “it is a great learning experience…a highlight is bonding with my peers and getting to learn and talk to successful people.”