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LISC Chicago supports Elev8 and other education-related initiatives that help community-based lead agencies address education concerns and improve schools in their neighborhoods.

Elev8, LISC Chicago's main education program, seeks to transform the educational achievement and life outcomes of disadvantaged middle school students in six Chicago schools - FunstonMarquette, McAuliffeOrozco, Perspectives and ReavisElev8 Chicago envisions these young people graduating from 8th grade ready to make the important choices of adolescence.

Schools are stepping stones to improved skills, better jobs and higher incomes. LISC and partners work with Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago and others to create the conditions for academic success.

Elev8 contact information for the individual sites listed here.

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Data Processing: Know Your Neighborhood
LISC is helping community organizations get a grip on municipal data to make the case for what their neighborhoods need.
Across the World, Across the Street
Unpacking lessons about poverty, development and race in Chicago from the Civic Leadership Academy’s trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.
A School, a Community Organization and a Health Care Provider Steer a New, Better Course
Marquette Elementary School in Chicago Lawn nearly hit bottom a few years ago. But through a school turnaound, a neighborhood organization, and a new health center provider, it's bounced back.
AmeriCorps Provides Pipeline of Talent, Energy
Members learn about community development while working with middle-school students, teaching digital skills or playing sports.
Graduating Seniors Testify to Elev8’s Strengths
Middle-school enrichment program opened eyes of students, changing their trajectory through high school and beyond.
How Elev8 Sparked a School-Health Revolution
At Perspectives-Calumet Middle Academy in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, the health center, which was built through a partnership with Elev8 Chicago, is thriving. Since May 2008, the health center…
College Planning Starts in Middle School
Middle school isn’t too soon to start thinking about college. That was the message of Ames Middle School’s first annual College and Career Day, open to all Logan Square parents and…
The Medium is the Message: Puppets Show Kids How To Eat Healthy
Humboldt Park kids get the skinny of good eatin' from La Casa Norte's puppet team.
ISU Teacher Pipeline Brings Gusher of Talent to CPS
Program that partners with LISC and its lead agencies brings Illinois State University education students into communities to student-teach, and sometimes to live; many return to work
NCP Groups Gain Voice in School Closings
Spurred in part by the threat of school closings, groups in neighborhoods served by LISC Chicago’s New Communities Program are organizing like never before to influence district decision-making.
School Garden Provides Food for Thought
The Junior Green Youth Farm, which just completed its second summer at Reavis Elementary, is part youth-development camp and part real-life job
Elev8 Chicago Promotes Summer Learning and Voter Registration
Students march to encourage adults to register through connection with Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools
Raising Up Teachers in Your Backyard
'Grow Your Own' grads can tell students: “I went to this school. I sat in your seat.”
Chicago Elev8 Stories: Brianna Reed
As a top student in her elementary school classes, Brianna Reed said she did just enough to please her teachers. It was only through her Elev8 after-school activities, which over three years included…
Chicago Elev8 Stories: Lessons Don't Stop at Graduation
The first group of students who completed Elev8 programming in middle school have now entered high school. Here are some of their stories.
Chicago Elev8 Stories: Richlyn Whittaker
Richlyn Whittaker, in his first year of high school, loves football. But he also has strong feelings about the Elev8 program, that not only helped him through middle school, but opened his eyes to a…
Chicago Elev8 Stories: Vanessa Perez
In middle school, Vanessa Perez didn't even know she had leadership qualites. Elev8 changed that.
Renewed Funding--and New Achievements--for Elev8
Atlantic Philanthropies announces a new $3.5 million grant to expand the program and study its impact at five CPS middle schools.
Summer Program Blends Literacy Skills With Fun
Fifty middle-school aged children and 30 of their younger siblings participated in a six-week program at Reavis Elementary modeled after one created for African-American children in Civil Rights-era…
Through News Literacy Project, Elev8 Students Develop Critical Eye
Do video games promote violence? Is Wikipedia a reliable source of information? Can news reporters unintentionally influence the stories they’re covering?
Orozco Students Explore Heart of the Matter
They're enjoying the (very) hands-on approach of Alivio Medical Center's Health Careers Enrichment Program, which is being offered as afterschool activity through the Elev8 program.
New Crew of Techies Graduates in Pilsen
Fifteen mothers of Cooper Elementary students and five other Pilsen residents received certificates and a gift flash drive holder at the ceremony for Civic 2.0, which teaches team how to use the…
Auburn Students Green Up Lagoons, Increase the Peace
More than 200 students from four schools spent a blustery April morning cleaning up Winneconna Park in Auburn Gresham, drawing none of the media interest that a shooting had two days earlier.
Elev8 Students Go To Washington
A delegation of 16 middle-school students from Elev8 Chicago who participated in the “Voices in Action: National Youth Summit,” held at Howard University in Washington, D.C., earlier this…
Promise Community Boosts Woodlawn Education, Health
The Woodlawn Children's Promise Community works to remove academic, social, health and other barriers for Woodlawn's 10,000 children.

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