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Elev8 (formerly known as Integrated Services in Schools (ISS), is designed to ensure that middle school students succeed in school and their communities by providing them with multiple supports, including: comprehensive on-site school-based health services; before and after-school, and summer learning opportunities; and effective mentoring by caring adults. In addition, the initiative will ensure that middle school students and their families benefit from available public programs, including tax credits and health care coverage.

Research indicates that each of the three key components of this program can play a pivotal role in the lives of children. The Elev8 approach of providing all of these services in a coordinated manner seeks to achieve results that are far greater than those that can be achieved by any one of the approaches on its own.

Elev8 is funded with a major grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. The five school Elev8 network in Chicago is managed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC/Chicago) with the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) leading the effort at Perspectives Charter School-Calumet Campus (PCS) with healthcare provided by ACCESS Community Health Network at PCS.



To foster and promote revitalization of the community by designing and implementing programs that improve the community’s economic viability; increase availability of quality housing to people of different income levels, while maintaining and improving existing affordable housing; and enhance delivery of social services, particularly to senior citizens.

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