Did You Know?
- More than one million American high school students drop out every year.
- Georgia's high school graduation rate is 56%. The national average is 69%.
- High school dropouts are more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison as high school graduates.
- They are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty, on public assistance, and/or single parents with children themselves.
- The economic cost is great-billions of dollars in government assistance, crime-related costs and lost wages.
Break the Cycle
Contact Project LIFT today. If you are or know of a student in need of support and would like additional information, contact Sarah Zacharias at (770) 846-4837.
Project LIFT, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is a performance based mentoring program that provides participants with a personal mentor (Coach) to help them improve their academic performance and enhance their abilities to withstand daily challenges as a teen. During the school year, students attend academic and personal development sessions every Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00. During these sessions students focus on their goals and how to achieve them. These sessions provide academic support, mentor and peer accountability, and life skills development.
Project LIFT began in 2009 as a collaboration between Bridge to Grace Church and YES!Atlanta, an organization helping teens in metro Atlanta for over 20 years now. Given the church’s proximity to Centennial High School and Holcomb Bridge Middle School, the leadership of Bridge to Grace had the vision to offer something to help students in our community. Between discussions with school personnel, YES!Atlanta and Bridge to Grace, it was clear that there was a need and that a mentoring program could really benefit the at-risk youth here in Roswell and surrounding communities. Project LIFT adopted and expanded a tried and tested method of mentoring successfully utilized by YES!Atlanta.
Project LIFT began enrolling students in January of 2010. In its first session, Project LIFT was successful in serving 12 students in North Fulton County. The program grew to 20 students in its second year and forecasts serving approximately the same number for 2011-12. "At this stage, we are emphasing quality over quantity. We want to make sure we can consistently and effectively help the students we are serving now. Our goal is to see each of our students through to high school graduation," states Project LIFT program director, Amanda Reed. "Over 70% of the students have returned each year, with the majority of those not returning because they have moved away from the area. That speaks volumes to us."
Even in the short period of time Project LIFT has been operating, significant change has been evident in students’ behavior and attitudes. Parents reported seeing improvement in attitude, behavior, self-motivation and self-confidence. Teachers commented on students’ improved work habits, increased motivation and maturity, and ability to handle conflict. Tomas, one of the Project LIFT participants, said this, “Project LIFT had a big impact in my life. I started to care more about school and wanted to do better. I focused on doing my homework and did better on tests and quizzes. It brought my confidence up.”
Project LIFT relies heavily on the support of the community from the many volunteer needs, donations of goods and supplies, and financial support. Please consider how you can be a part of this important work with Project LIFT – if not you, then who?
Now is the time to make a difference in the lives of the teens in our community!
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