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Elevate 2019 Recap

This year, ELEVATE Leadership Lab welcomed 54 high school students from 15 states and 4 countries to join us for 7 days, Sunday, July 14–Saturday, July 20. ELEVATE equips rising junior and senior students with iterative problem-solving skills to create sustainable, grass-roots solutions that address social issues in their home communities. As part of their application, students submit a social issue that they are passionate about addressing. Students were strategically sorted into hand-picked teams, and over the course of the week, they conducted market research and built  a community project.

At the end of the week, five teams pitched their solutions to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win up to  $3,000 in seed money to start their venture.  

1st place:  BranchOut ($1,500)

Boston Trinity Academy (Boston, MA) 
BranchOut is a storytelling event hosted at Boston Trinity Academy (BTA) that allows teenagers from all ethnic backgrounds to come together in a safe environment to express themselves, share personal stories, and get to know one another. BranchOut believes that to love our neighbor, we need to know our neighbor and through the sharing of personal narratives, they can help people rethink preconceived assumptions about an individual based on their ethnic background or race. 

2nd place:  Peers Against Vaping  ($1,000) 

Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw, GA) 
Vaping in private Christian schools is on the rise and many students are unaware of the health effects. Realizing that most people start vaping because of peer influence, PAV is a mentorship program pairing senior and sixth-grade boys at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia. The program aims to redefine a positive ‘bro culture’ by using one P.E. class period per month to facilitate conversation, game-based learning, and practical information to give middle school students the tools to prevent addiction before it starts. 

3rd place: Our Turn ($500) 

Charlotte Christian School (Charlotte, NC) 
Our Turn is a day-long interactive convention that aims to empower high schoolers in Charlotte to effectively engage with the political community by providing them with entry-level knowledge of local and national politics and an opportunity for discussion with community assets at informational booths. Scheduled for September 7, 2019, this convention is strategically located on the weekend before the North Carolina Ninth Congressional District Special Election, allowing teens an occasion to be immersed and informed in their current political climate. 

Honorary Mentions


Prestonwood Christian Academy  (Plano, TX) 
Environmental Conservation Objective (ECO) is a student-run recycling collection service that educates students on environmental conservation and provides opportunities for outdoor immersion at Prestonwood Christian Academy. 

Cafe Tech Talk 

Covenant Christian Academy (Wenham, MA) 
Cafe Tech Talk is a quarterly parent seminar hosted at Covenant Christian Academy designed to equip parents with the information they need to help their child develop healthy technology habits and provide parents resources and information.