Announcing: Osta Jewelry for Elevate New York

Article by Elevate Staffer - January 2015


The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose the spirit of giving. In addition to our new online giving system, iDonate, Elevate has other opportunities for you to make a difference in the next generation.

In the start of this new year, Elevate New York is proud to announce a new partnership with Osta Jewelry!

Vadim and Anastasiia Osta, founders of Osta Jewelry, are avid supporters of our organization. Their work is known to be modern in style and timeless in taste. They have created a signature pendant for Elevate New York. This elegant and inspiring piece can be worn with everyday casual wear, and will still dress up a fancy outfit for a night out.

With every purchase, enjoy free shipping within the US, and the excitement of knowing that all profits go to helping raise up the next generation of urban leaders.

To place your order, click here.

We could not thank Osta Jewelry enough for partnering with us on our mission as well as all of you who continue to support our cause. Happy 2015!

Elevate Goes to Harvard

Article by Elevate Staffer - December 2014

Last month, we took 12 Elevate students on a weekend trip to a place that many inner city students would never dream of stepping foot: Harvard University.


In conjunction with the Latina Empowerment And Development (LEAD) conference and Harvard Latinas Unitas, our students were able to spend time on Harvard’s campus and learn the important skills – inside and outside of the classroom – necessary to apply to college, gain acceptance into college and succeed as a college student.


After our six-hour drive from the Bronx, we were greeted at Harvard with a special welcome dinner, featuring entrepreneur and humanitarian Ernesto Arguello. We were also treated to awesome performances by the Mariachi Veritas and Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan.

On Saturday, the students participated in workshops that covered topics such as applying to college, juggling life as a college student and successful resume creation. They also listened to the keynote speaker, Natalia Oberti Noguera, dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire magazine, who the founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that creates capital for female social entrepreneurs.


After the conference ended, the students took a tour of the Harvard campus, lead by Elevate advisory council member Becca Hill, who just graduated from the Harvard Grad School for Education.

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Overall, we had an incredible weekend. It was an experience that dramatically changed the way our students look at the college experience, the process it takes to get there and the grit required to be a successful college graduate. Here are some thoughts on the weekend from our students:

“The only way I can describe my experience is beautiful. Just being in that environment made me view things differently. I saw in the conference how much I needed to do just so that I could get into college. I want to end up at a school like Harvard someday or even just any college i apply to. Since I have returned from my trip at Harvard, I have been working harder and paying more attention in my classes. I just want to thank Mr.Kevin so much for the opportunity he gave me. I hope I can attend again next year.”

“The Harvard trip made me realize that college isn’t just something you do just because, it’s something you do to get somewhere in life. The process of college isn’t easy-breezy, it’s hard – but not impossible. This Harvard trip also made me connect with a few people I would’ve probably never met if it wasn’t for Elevate.”


“Going to Harvard was a life-changing experience. Mr. Kevin, my teacher/mentor, approached me to go on an overnight trip to go to a conference at Harvard because he knows that part of my life vision is to go to Harvard. Being able to sit in a conference and learn so much from women that are passionate and have similar backgrounds as me and still managed to make it to my dream school gave me so much hope. It was refreshing to hear that so many people are willing to help and that there are things you can be apart of that represent you such as the Latina Empowerment And Development.

During my stay at Harvard, I learned in advance about college applications and resumes, which is something I didn’t expect to hear about. I also got to see what the campus looked like and met some wonderful people. I even built a relationship with one of the volunteers that took the place of my other teacher/mentor Ms. Yasmine by rooming with her in the hotel.

After having this experience I now know what steps I have to take to accomplish my goal of going to Harvard. My mind was shaped after this trip, I’m determined to do anything possible to get to my goal. Something that stuck with me was that without the women at the conference knowing me personally they continued repeating that they believe in me. I appreciate this experience so much and Mr. Kevin for making it happen and allowing me to take part of it.”


We want to extend a huge thank you to Harvard, the Latina Empowerment And Leadership organization and the Harvard Latinas Unitas. It was an incredible experience and one that certainly changed our students’ lives.

Thank you for our #GivingTuesday success!

Article by Elevate Staffer - December 2014

Elevate students and Kevin Singleton

On December 2nd, Elevate New York took part in #GivingTuesday, a national day of generosity aiming to put the “give” back in the holiday season.

And “give” our supporters did. Elevate New York received an outpouring of support from all over the country, exceeding all fundraising expectations with a total of $5,425 received. That’s full support for two Elevate students (supplies, meals, field trips and more) plus some, which will go towards funding our various character-building and leadership programs.

We are so thankful to all of our supporters and appreciate every single dollar donated. With your help, our Elevate New York students will become the leaders of their generation. Thank you again!

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!