WHY WE EXIST

 

Elevate is driven to assist our community.

Elevate’s mission is to help others help themselves - to give them a boost.

Listed below are some of the reasons we exist, and some of the statistics we would like to change.

Follow us, and these statistics, as we attempt to make a quantifiable difference in our local community.

Summary of statistics

  • With a population of 20,493, St. Andrews residents have been plagued by high crime rates and poverty levels.
  • Almost 66% of the population are African American, while 28% are white and 2% are Asian.

 

Demographics

  • Average age within 2 miles of Elevate is 23, compared to the SC state average of 38.
  • 60% of St. Andrews households with a single mother and a child under age 5 are living in poverty.
  • 89% of St. Andrews children were born to an unwed-mother.

 

Income

  • Average household income within 2 miles of Elevate is $25,439 compared to a national average of $53,046.
  • Neighborhoods near the church are experiencing a 24% unemployment rate.
  • In SC, a worker earning minimum wage ($7.25/hr) must work 80 hours/week, 52 weeks/year to afford a 2-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rate.

 

Education

  • Over 90% of students in St. Andrews public schools receive public assistance or are homeless, foster or migrant students
  • The composite ACT assessment score for Columbia High School is 14.8 compared to a national average of 21.
  • One out of ten African-American males are graduating high school in Richland County School District One.

 

Crime

  • Robbery, property crime, larceny theft and vehicle theft occur twice as often in St. Andrews compared to the national average.

 

Additional Statistical Information

  • 70% of people born into poverty will remain there for the rest of their life.
  • Children (birth-3yrs) from higher-income families will hear 30 million more words than children from low-income families.
  • St. Andrews students have heard a combined 67,260,000,000 fewer words than those from higher-income families.

 

Recovery

  • Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, & illicit drugs costs more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity & health care.
  • 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data indicated that 21.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance abuse treatment, only 2.3 million people actually received help.
  • 19,928 people admitted into rehab in SC, 79.8% of those reported first using at age 20 or younger and 63% at age 17 or younger.

Help us help our community

 

 

Please visit our Give page to change these statistics and our community.

WHY WE EXIST

 

Elevate is driven to assist our community.

Elevate’s mission is to help others help themselves - to give them a boost.

Listed below are some of the reasons we exist, and some of the statistics we would like to change.

Follow us, and these statistics, as we attempt to make a quantifiable difference in our local community.

Summary of statistics

  • With a population of 20,493, St. Andrews residents have been plagued by high crime rates and poverty levels.
  • Almost 66% of the population are African American, while 28% are white and 2% are Asian.

 

Demographics

  • Average age within 2 miles of Elevate is 23, compared to the SC state average of 38.
  • 60% of St. Andrews households with a single mother and a child under age 5 are living in poverty.
  • 89% of St. Andrews children were born to an unwed-mother.

 

Income

  • Average household income within 2 miles of Elevate is $25,439 compared to a national average of $53,046.
  • Neighborhoods near the church are experiencing a 24% unemployment rate.
  • In SC, a worker earning minimum wage ($7.25/hr) must work 80 hours/week, 52 weeks/year to afford a 2-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rate.

 

Education

  • Over 90% of students in St. Andrews public schools receive public assistance or are homeless, foster or migrant students
  • The composite ACT assessment score for Columbia High School is 14.8 compared to a national average of 21.
  • One out of ten African-American males are graduating high school in Richland County School District One.

 

Crime

  • Robbery, property crime, larceny theft and vehicle theft occur twice as often in St. Andrews compared to the national average.

 

Additional Statistical Information

  • 70% of people born into poverty will remain there for the rest of their life.
  • Children (birth-3yrs) from higher-income families will hear 30 million more words than children from low-income families.
  • St. Andrews students have heard a combined 67,260,000,000 fewer words than those from higher-income families.

 

Recovery

  • Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, & illicit drugs costs more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity & health care.
  • 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data indicated that 21.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance abuse treatment, only 2.3 million people actually received help.
  • 19,928 people admitted into rehab in SC, 79.8% of those reported first using at age 20 or younger and 63% at age 17 or younger.

Help us help our community

 

 

Please visit our Give page to change these statistics and our community.