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One of the three pillars of A Disciplined Life is “relationships”. Few relationships have meant more to Perspectives than the partnership with the Elev8 program at Perspectives Middle Academy (PMA).
Elev8 is a national program that brings together schools, families and other community partners to help students succeed in middle school and beyond. At PMA, the Elev8 program is run with the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GADC). It provides enrichment activities during the school day, after-school activities, comprehensive health services through an in-school health center, and mentoring and other supports for students and families. This year, 100% of students at PMA participate in Elev8 programming.
“Perspectives and Elev8 share a common goal of preparing students to succeed in school and in life,” says Sauda Porter, PMA principal. “Elev8 helps our students reach that goal by providing an array of supports and services, all in line with A Disciplined Life.”
Perhaps the most profound impact of Elev8 has been on one A Disciplined Life principle in particular—Live a healthy lifestyle. The in-school health center has provided preventive care and more to hundreds of students and families. Elev8 has brought vision screening, diabetes testing, and dental care to Perspectives—services that would otherwise not be easily available to many students.
The Elev8 program was launched at Perspectives in 2008, with generous funding support from LISC and Atlantic Philanthropies. Now, the partnership is serving as a model for other programs; GADC received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to replicate Elev8 at four other schools in Auburn Gresham.
“The success of Elev8 at Perspectives Middle Academy shows the potential when families, a school, and a neighborhood all work together. This partnership is helping transform Auburn Gresham.”
Executive Director, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
As the Midwest managing partner for Ernst & Young, Tony Anderson built a partnership with Perspectives Leadership Academy over seven years that will be a model for corporations and schools across the country. It wasn’t just a financial partnership, though Anderson and Ernst & Young raised and donated more than $2 million for Perspectives students. On top of that, Ernst & Young employees volunteered directly with students, helped paint classrooms, and brought books, music and other resources into the school. Anderson made support for Perspectives a part of the fabric of the Ernst & Young office in Chicago.If you would like to learn more about partnering with one of our schools on any or all of these levels, please contact External Affairs.
"With everything Ernst & Young provided, we knew that students would take full advantage. We were presenting them with opportunities, and they always grabbed them with both hands. That's what A Disciplined Life is all about."
Perspectives Board Chair and former Midwest Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
With the September 2008 opening of a fifth school, the Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy in the Grand Boulevard community in Chicago, Perspectives and the Illinois Institute of Technology embarked on a partnership to create an innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Synergy education curriculum for grades six through 12. To learn about opportunities to develop partnerships with our schools, please contact External Affairs.
"The challenges surrounding the teaching and learning of mathematics and science worldwide are well-documented. In response, Perspectives and IIT have leveraged their respective strengths in operating schools and expertise in mathematics, science, and technology within the IIT Mathematics and Science Academy. We believe this school provides students with state-of-the-art mathematics and science curricula as well as highly qualified and innovative teaching staff. We are confident that our school will enhance the scientific and mathematics literacy of all students and enable them to more successfully navigate the increasingly mathematically and scientifically-based society in which we live."
Drs. Norman and Judith Lederman
Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics and Science Education