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!

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