Elevate, Evansville, Indiana
- Sponsoring Organization: Dream Center Evansville
- City/State: Evansville, Ind.
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Grant Amount: $15,000
Brittany Ball is a committed leader who’s served as a substitute teacher for Evansville-area high schools, a small group leader for teenage girls, and a group leader for Young Life, a Christian ministry devoted to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. In May 2022, Ball earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Ind., and in May 2023 she received a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. Ball joined the Dream Center Evansville team in 2022 as a Wrap-Around Care Specialist and in April 2023, she was promoted to Middle/High School Program Manager. Through this work, Ball’s connections grew with the elementary and middle school students, but she wanted to find a way to engage with high school-aged students who were not involved in Dream Centers’ services. So, she engaged with the high school students to better understand life from their point of view and thus, the Elevate program began to develop.
The Elevate program is Dream Center Evansville’s newest and next strategic step towards building sustainable pathways of support that provide students access to a thriving life into adulthood. Elevate, which will launch as a pilot program in Fall 2023, will be a place where high school students can engage in enriching and challenging experiences that allow them to feel safe, learn about their callings and potential, and grow. Elevate mentors will partner with students to nurture hope and coach them towards practical plans for the future. It will act as a place where teenagers can receive high quality and consistent tutoring tailored to their specific needs. Elevate will also leverage the full comprehensive array of Dream Center’s cradle-to-career services to support the students at home and in school environments. Currently, there are no other programs serving high school students within the 210 blocks of Dream Center and Elevate will be the first of its kind.