Elevate USA connects urban youth with dedicated mentors available 24/7 to build long-term, life-changing relationships to help them navigate and succeed in life.

Debbi Speck, 2018 Gratitude Fellow, Elevate USA Founder and Executive Director

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Gratitude Fellowship Focus:

  • Coaching focused on working with the leadership team including the CEO and COO to develop
    even stronger personal leadership stylesDefining the optimal team structure
  • Supported the organization’s succession and leadership transition planning
  • Helped Fellow craft and achieve more detailed personal and organizational goals


  • Elevate USA received an $800,000 grant from Stand Together to support their affiliate programs throughout the US
  • Elevate USA expanded their presence in US cities by nearly 38% – adding 3 additional affiliates.
  • Elevate USA has a leadership succession plan in place to ensure a smooth transition and maintain the sustainability of the organization

“[The Fellowship] provided a great opportunity for growth in a positive and supportive environment.”

“We received great connections for current and potential needs our organization has.”