Giving a small donation helps as we give scholarships to graduating 8th graders who exhibit
tenacity through RESPECT, INTEGRITY, PERSISTENCE, ENGAGEMENT, and RESPONSIBILITY.
Let’s Build Explorers
Every child should have the opportunity to shine, but some don’t get the chance. With a network of lifelong educators and compassionate community members, V-ELMS helps bridge the opportunity gap, empowering kids to become active explorers in their own educational journey.
Instead of merely tutoring children, we help forge strong mentor relationships to inspire students and give them the confidence to succeed. Our triumphs speak for themselves: 99% of our students have graduated 8th grade on time.
But we can’t do it alone, help us build explorers!
V-ELMERS GPAs increased on an average from 10 – 15 points. Ninety percent of first-time V-ELMERS improve their academics and attain honor roll status.
Standardized tests scores increase. The mentor to mentee relationship is ongoing and continues through college.
Giving a small donation helps as we give scholarships to graduating 8th graders who exhibit tenacity through RESPECT, INTEGRITY, PERSISTENCE, ENGAGEMENT, and RESPONSIBILITY.
We serve because students drop out of school every year—but we’ve helped 99% of ours graduate 8th grade on time.
We serve because when children struggle at school, they can feel demoralized and depressed—but under the guidance of our mentors, they discover strengths they never knew.
We serve because kids are EXPLORERS—and their potential to shine is unmatched.
2015 Daouda a 1st generation Senegalese-American came to V-ELMS in the 6th grade. Struggling with his identity as a Muslim-American, he had great difficulties communicating his thoughts. Barely audible, Daouda shared his inability to talk at home and in school. After six months with V-ELMS, Daouda praised us for helping him discover his ‘voice’ and potential. He even coined the term we now use: ‘I am a V-ELMER’.
After Daouda’s three years with V-ELMS, he went on to two NYC public high schools, and is now attending a boarding school in Maine on a $60,000.00 a year scholarship.