ELA’s mission is to help young people develop their most valuable asset – themselves. Flo Brett founded ELA after spending several years within the classroom environment helping her son navigate the challenges he was facing, with significant learning differences resulting from his very premature birth. During this period, she realized that he, along with thousands of other students, were missing personal leadership and soft skills training that would equip them to be successful in school, work and life. To fill this gap, I adapted the leadership development curriculum I had created for the largest training hospital in the UK for use with 5th-12th grade students, teaching these essential life skills at a younger age. Since our inception in 2008, ELA has served over 50,000 students with more than 240 school and youth-serving agency partners in the Greater Cleveland area. We have received numerous awards, including recognitions from the Ohio Department of Education and from Clemson University, for our work in providing unique and impactful social and emotional development programming to youth and educators.
Average increase in GPA for ELA participants
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Students who made academic gains with SEL participation
Of ELA participants received philanthropic support