The Why

Be the Difference!

Social activist and philosopher, W.E.B DuBois stated that "Children learn more from what you are than what you teach!" As I matriculate through my professional journey, I discovered the value of emotional and mental health.


As a result of the tragic shootings across the nation, I found the need for more emotional support for the impacted communities, especially Charlotte, NC. As an educator, social worker, and non-profit leader, I made it my priority to support boys of color take ownership of their emotional health. 


Our team is committed to providing quality professional development training, rigorous retreats, and offering a fellowship opportunity to boys of color. Together, we can have a dramatic impact on the community for a better tomorrow, today! 

Thank you for your support of Elevate540, and for your commitment to change the narrative for our boys!

Dominique Stone-Maddix, MSW, LCSWA

Chief Executive Officer & Clinician


Inequities for Black and brown males are becoming a harsh reality. The U.S Department of Justice stated that a Black male has a 1 in 4 chance of going to prison in his lifetime compared to his white counterpart who has a 1 in 23 chance of seeing the inside of a prison. 


Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice also reports Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry as the highest reported single-bias incidents, with people who identify as Black and Hispanic being amongst those victims. 


It is our belief that through servant leadership, community-building, and faith boys of color may feel empowered to take control of their narrative and work toward proactive solutions for complex problems.

The Data