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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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Ames Parent Mentors ‘Enhancement to Everything’
Twenty of them volunteer or work for modest wages at a variety of jobs through Logan Square Neighborhood Association's Parent Mentor Program.
Lourdes Jaramillo Sews Orozco's Fabric
Her sewing class for moms has encouraged many students to become more involved in other aspects of the school—and to get to know one another.
Jamanika Chillis: Marquette Mentor
Seven years ago, Jamanika Chillis was a shy woman who had never held a job for more than three years. Today, thanks to her involvement at Marquette and strong support from Elev8, she’s a role…
Programs Bring Harvest of Locally Grown Food
During the second five years of its New Communities Program and through other programs like Elev8, LISC/Chicago has redoubled its commitment to efforts that bring healthier, more diverse…
Elev8 School-Based Health Centers Boost Attendance, Academic Achievement
Students at the five middle schools in LISC/Chicago's Elev8 program are also benefiting in a multitude of ways related to health and social services.
$18M Grant Funds Integrated Services in 5 Schools
Five NCP neighborhood groups and their school partners in December won a four-year, $18 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to transform local schools with world-class health, education,…
'Girls in the Game' Kicks Off in Auburn Gresham
As part of the Elev8 initiative sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies to ensure middle school students succeed in school and their communities by providing them with multiple supports, the Greater…
Construction Begins on Elev8 Health Centers
While other aspects of LISC’s Elev8 program, formerly known as Integrated Services in Schools, have been in place since the summer, the most visible transformation of the five participating…
Download the ISS school plans here
All of the ISS school transformation plans are available for download here.
Elev8 Cooks Up More Learning When School’s Out
Elev8 cooks up more learning when school’s out.
GADC's Health Fair on the Block
Several hundred Auburn Gresham residents and visitors attended Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation’s (GADC) 1st Annual Health Fair on the Block.
Health Fair on the Block Offers Information, Screenings, Window Into Elev8
Several hundred residents of Auburn Gresham and surrounding neighborhoods gained healthcare knowledge, availed themselves of basic clinical services, and learned about LISC/Chicago’s Elev8…
Mayor Daley Lauds Elev8 and its Health Centers
Mayor Daley joined LISC/Chicago Executive Director Andrew J. Mooney, Principal Michael Johnson and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) on May 19 to celebrate a successful first year at the school-based…
Middle School in the U.S.: Too Often the Missing Link in the Chain of Student Success
The familiar sounds of the famous Mexican songs “Cielito Lindo” and “Los Machetes” filled the air at Orozco Community Academy in Chicago, as eighth grader Adan Ramirsez…
Orozco Community Academy Principal's Dual Role: Educator and Energizer
Coralia Barraza, principal at Orozco Community Academy in Pilsen and one of the New Communities Program's 2009 "community heroes," has a picture in her office of a tiny house in Guatemala, nearly a…
Rollin', Rollin', Rollin': Van Drives Oral Health
Dental care is now available to students at five Chicago public middle schools through the Elev8 program, which has enlisted the dental van, a key element of Illinois Masonic's dental residency…
Telepsychiatry Brings Low-Cost Care to Underserved Communities
Children who need psychiatric care often face roadblocks to getting it, especially in low-income communities where the national shortage of child psychiatrists is most acute. Travel time discourages…
ISU Teacher Pipeline Expands to Auburn Gresham
The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, a unique partnership between LISC/Chicago, Illinois State University (ISU), State Farm Insurance, Chicago Public Schools and Enlace Chicago in Little…
Elev8 Students, Congressman Talk Immigration
For many Chicago middle school students, immigration reform isn’t an academic abstraction. Some of them are undocumented, or have friends and classmates who are, and they’re apprehensive…
'Calm Classroom' Makes Concentration a Snap
A daily morning ritual at Perspectives Middle School is the Calm Classroom, a program piloted this spring using Elev8 funds. The idea is to improve student discipline and concentration by triggering…
CPS Calls Elev8 Practices “Models for the District”
More than 300 school and community leaders who attended the Elev8 Chicago conference in February participated in “role-alike” sessions for administrators, teachers, parents and students,…
Bike Repair Class Gets Ames Students Geared Up
Generations of middle-school students have taken shop class and home economics, but few outside Ames Middle School in Logan Square have learned to repair bicycles for course credit. By the end of…
Elev8 Chicago Celebrates Successful 2009
In December, about 40 representatives of Chicago Elev8 initiatives packed a classroom at Perspectives Calumet Middle School to share their accomplishments and strategize for the year to come.
Healthy Demand At Marquette Health Center
In its first three months, Marquette Elementary School’s new health center attracted twice as many clients as expected. With such high turnout, the center could become self-supporting as early…
Marquette Students Interview Clarence Page
Seven Marquette Elementary School sixth-graders interviewed Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page in a crowded auditorium on October 20 to celebrate the News Literacy Project’s arrival in…

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