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ELEVATE YOUR G A M E
April 13, 2011

My name is Ralph Turner. I graduated from Compton High in 1969. It seemed like hope, dreams and school spirit was great in those days. I have been a mentor with Elevate Your GAME for 5 years now. I got involved after I read that the dropout rate for high school students was around 50%. Then Elevate Your GAME was suggested to me as a means my doing something to change this trend. I have seen student’s lives changed dramatically because of Mr. Michael Freeman and GAME. I believe it is because Mr. Freeman has been divinely assigned to change the future of these young people. He leads by example. He lives for these kids. He prays for them, the mentors, teachers and leaders in the community. He challenges them to think highly of themselves, speak with respect to others and aspire to do great things in this world. Over the years, students have returned, some from the nation’s best universities, others from local community colleges to share with current students what they learned from Elevate Your GAME and how it has made a significant difference in their lives. I heard an administrator make the comment that he has not seen a better mentoring program than Elevate Your GAME. Do what I did, check out the website, talk to people, and see for yourself. If you like investing in the future, helping where you can change young people’s lives, get involved. Companies can allow students to work a few weeks in the summer intern part of the program. Individuals and companies can help fund expenses for these valuable experiences for our youth.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've spoken a weekly affirmation with the students. I've seen students grades change from "D's" and "C's" to "A's" and "B's". I've seen our Compton teenagers way of thinking changed. These young people are challenged to bring out the best in themselves. Many have returned to speak of their maturity because of G.A.M.E. Absolutely an outstanding organization and well worthy of support.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change the organization. It is well administrated. I would like to see more students take advantage of what is being offered. It would be nice to see this group receive the backing it deserves. There should be a waiting list for companies looking to assist promising young people.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Mentor with Elevate Your G.A.M.E.