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.

Deon's Story

December 13th, 2018 // Charlottesville, Early Intervention, Elk Hill News, Schools

First-grader Deon couldn’t sit still. He couldn’t stop disrupting class. He couldn’t read at grade level. He couldn’t write. That’s how his teachers knew him: as the boy who couldn’t.

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.

Jenna has hope for a brighter future!

April 4th, 2017 // Charlottesville, Early Intervention, Other, Schools

For Jenna, childhood ended early. The daughter of a single parent with a very low I.Q., at age 5 Jenna was already the closest thing to an adult on the property.But she was still a little girl, a little girl who was defenseless against the sexual abuse that took place in her home, the place where she was supposed to be safe.

Karl's Story

November 16th, 2017 // Charlottesville, Early Intervention, Other, Schools

For the first time, he has structure and supervision - and as a result, Karl has transformed. He's traded his swagger for genuine confidence.

Building a Future for Himself

November 10th, 2014 // Schools, Varina, Workforce Development

"T" was an Elk Hill Varina student who found himself homeless after losing his mother to illness. He was living on the streets without a roof over his head and attending our school during the day. At 18, T needed a plan that could support him for the long term. He found it through our workforce development program, Education for Employment.