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Elevate Program Details

ELEVATE 2020: July 6–11

What is Elevate?
Elevate is an annual leadership institute for outstanding high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Through personalized leadership coaching, seminars with world-class speakers, adventure-based learning, and a call to take real-world action in response to social problems, Elevate participants develop their leadership abilities in ways that endure long after the program’s close. The institute focuses on helping students integrate concepts of Christian faith and leadership in their own lives.

Who is it for?
Elevate is for high school students who want to develop their leadership abilities in order to transform society for the common good. Eligible candidates are rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from secondary schools around the globe. To apply to the program, students must be nominated by a person familiar with their academic and leadership potential. Ideal candidates for our program are students who are curious and passionate about creative problem solving and honing their teamwork skills. We look for those who are leaders in their community, emerging leaders, and students who may not have yet seen the potential in themselves but have been noticed by others. Nominated students will receive an invitation to apply, with an application access code, by mail and by email directly from Elevate.

What if I haven't been nominated but am interested in applying to the program?
If you are interested in attending Elevate but have not been nominated, please send us an email so we can work with you to get your nomination and application process started! Students can be nominated by a parent, youth leader, Gordon College admission counselor, or Elevate staff member. 

Where is it?
Elevate is hosted by Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. The 480-acre, quintessential New England campus is located just north of Boston and minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. 

When is it?
Elevate 2020 will be Monday, July 6th through Saturday, July 11th.

Why should people be interested?
Elevate offers a wealth of leadership development opportunities, enhancing the unique strengths of individual students as they work alongside a diverse cohort of high-caliber peers. This exposure will help prepare participants for their college and professional careers. Students who complete the program double their investment by receiving an exclusive $2,000 merit scholarship to Gordon College.

How much does it cost?
The cost of the program is $1,250. 

What do program fees cover?

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • StrengthsFinder profile and analysis
  • Local excursions and social events
  • Close interaction with Gordon faculty and staff
  • All program materials
  • Transportation to and from the airport and all off-campus events and excursions

How do I nominate a student?
Fill out the nomination form here ➔

For answers to more frequently asked questions, see the Elevate FAQ ➔