OUR HISTORY

Elevate Your G.A.M.E. (EYG) was founded in 2002 by Gipson Lyles (chairman of the board) and Michael Freeman (the executive director).


Michael Freeman met Gipson Lyles (principal of Compton High School in 2001) at his high school class reunion dinner in the fall of 2001. Gipson was there to share an update on Compton High, but all Michael remembers about his presentation was his appeal for help. Michael responded to Gipson’s appeal and went back to Compton High to meet with Principal Lyles to discuss how he might help. Gipson shared his vision for establishing a mentoring program on the campus and Michael knew right then that he was to be the one to help Principal Lyles bring this vision into reality. A few months later on April 13, 2002, Elevate Your G.A.M.E. was born with a kick-off event that matched the first set of mentors with the first set of students.


Compton High School, the “birthplace” of the program, has provided a strong base from which the program has grown internally and externally. In the first year, 45 students were mentored.


Now, over 1,600 students have been mentored since 2002 and EYG participants have a 95% graduation rate. EYG students have received scholarships and have been accepted to universities across the United States including: UCLA, Tuskegee, Xavier, Pepperdine, UC Berkley and Biola.


Although EYG has had great success, there continues to be a multitude of urban students who do not have the opportunity to participate in this life-changing mentoring program. This is why EYG is committed to partnering with other organizations to launch a movement of mentoring that spreads to every urban high school in America.


To date we have facilitated mentoring programs on the campuses of Cabrillo, Centennial, Compton, Crenshaw, Dominguez, Harbor Teacher Prep., Frederick Douglass Academy, Long Beach Wilson and View Park Prep.. We also for many years conducted a mentoring program in the Northpointe Apartments (Long Beach).

OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS

  • CABRILLO

    Peer to Peer Mentoring Program: We have partnered with the URBAN MATH COLLABORATIVE on the Cabrillo campus to bring our program to a select group of male students of color. Our EYG program meets with the students every Thursday during lunch.  


    SITE DIRECTOR: DAMIAN MCCALMAN

  • CENTENNIAL

    Peer-Mentoring Program: Our EYG Centennial program meets every Monday during lunch with interested students. Mentors are recruited out of the Leadership Class and ASB on campus. Older students have mentoring conversations with younger students, facilitated by an EYG program coordinator.


    SITE DIRECTOR: DAMIAN MCCALMAN

  • COMPTON

    Adult-Mentoring Program: Our Compton EYG program meets every Tuesday after school in the library with interested students and approved adult mentors.


    SITE DIRECTOR: MICHAEL FREEMAN

  • compton high football

    Adult-Mentoring Program: We meet with players from the Compton High Football team at the conclusion of their season every Monday during their 6th period class with approved adult-mentors.


    SITE DIRECTOR: MICHAEL FREEMAN

  • DOMINGUEZ

    Peer-Mentoring Program: Our EYG Dominguez program meets every Thursday after school with interested students.  Older students have mentoring conversations with younger students, facilitated by an EYG program coordinator.


    SITE DIRECTOR: MICHAEL FREEMAN

  • dominguez high football (BRIDGING THE GAP)

    Peer-Mentoring Program: We meet with players from the Dominguez High Football team every Wednesday during their 6th period class.  Older students have mentoring conversations with younger students, facilitated by an EYG program coordinator.


    SITE DIRECTOR: MICHAEL FREEMAN

  • FIREBAUGH

    Our program at Firebaugh High is a partnership with the Young Black Achievers Student Union. Throughout the school year we will combine our mentoring program elements with their club objectives to accomplish both our our goals with approximately 40 students.


    SITE DIRECTOR: DAMIAN MCCALMAN

    ASSITANT: JAMAUL MONTGOMERY

  • LONG BEACH WILSON

    Peer to Peer Mentoring Program: We have partnered with the URBAN MATH COLLABORATIVE on the Wilson campus to bring our program to a select group of male students of color. Our EYG program meets with the students every Thursdays/Fridays during 7th Period. 


    SITE DIRECTOR: DAMIAN MCCALMAN

  • LYNWOOD

    Our program at Lynwood High is a partnership with the Young Black Achievers Student Union. Throughout the school year we will combine our mentoring program elements with their club objectives to accomplish both our our goals with approximately 50 students.


    SITE DIRECTOR: DAMIAN MCCALMAN

    ASSISTANT: JAMAUL MONTGOMERY