Success Stories

Past students painted a “Wall of Emotion” at Elk Hill. One look and you know: the struggle young people face is enormous. So is the joy they feel with every step of progress. Here are some of those stories.

Luke's Story

September 21st, 2014 // Early Intervention, Elk Hill Farm, Schools

After his mother was murdered when he was just seven years old, Luke began to self-destruct. He tried to jump out of bus windows. He ran into moving traffic. There were signs of self-mutilation. He was hospitalized in an acute care unit twice in a matter of days. Then he was referred to Elk Hill.

Buddy Benches

April 3rd, 2015 // Early Intervention, Elk Hill News

Did you ever feel lonely or anxious at school? Of course you did - so you know how much it hurts. Now our students are doing something about it by building Buddy Benches for local schools.

Nate experiences his first successful summer, thanks to you.

April 20th, 2017 //

Literacy for Life

October 20th, 2014 // Charlottesville, Early Intervention, Reading Intervention, Schools

What does it look like when a child sits in a classroom for six hours a day unable to read at grade level? It looks a lot like “D.” D was chronically absent. When he did make it to class, he usually slept through it. His academic performance was so bad his teachers assumed he was completely illiterate. When he arrived at Elk Hill Charlottesville, our literacy specialist put that assumption to the test.