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About

Holistic Elevation is a prevention and intervention agency, founded in 2017.  We work to ensure every young person believes they matter and recognizes their gifts of inestimable potential. We build relationships with youth, families, schools, and communities to empower young people to become outstanding citizens with the capacity to advocate for themselves and others. 

 

Through our prevention education, counseling services, and professional development training:

 

  • We support youth in their development of positive habits and behaviors that contribute to a healthy mindset, positive relationships, and the skills to solve problems and grow through challenges associated with cycles of poverty, abuse, violence, and drug use. 

  • We support schools in becoming trauma-informed, inclusive, and positive learning environments. 

  • We acknowledge the full humanity of every young person and their supporters which we see as an essential component for meaningful progress that is often absent in other initiatives.

 

Our Approach

To ensure that every child grows from their challenges, our team implements what we call the Great Farmer’s Technique.  The Great Farmer’s Technique engages each child through creative strategies while also acknowledging their unique way of learning. Our creative program components are integrated with evidence-based programs and the youth’s life experience.

Meet The Founder

“Through the support I received, my burden was lightened. I became stronger because of the people who cleaned my mirror and showed me my true reflection. They showed me my survival story, my future, and now I want to do the same for others, I want to show youth their survival stories”. 

 

-Alice Leonce-Stevens, MS, ICPS, CPS

 

Hi I’m Alice Leonce-Stevens

 

I am a voice for the youth, a motivator, and a supporter of youth. My life experience, education, and professional experience led me to create Holistic Elevation because there are gaps in traditional responses to the well-being of our young people most in need of support. 

 

I have endured and triumphed over many personal hardships and without shame will acknowledge that although I have accomplished much, life wasn’t always this fortunate.  I was born and raised on the island of St. Lucia, West Indies, and was the fifth of fourteen siblings. I was forced to drop out of high school due to financial hardships and worked at a factory to help provide financial support to my family. Although I’m proud that I was able to contribute to my family, I felt dissatisfied with my life and would often dream of something better and greater for myself.

 

I proudly relate to the youth I serve and share my history to model what's possible.  

 

I’m also a loving mother and wife. My family motivates and supports my dedication to ensuring every child and youth, family, and community are given the tools needed to overcome their challenges.

Watch this video to learn about the origin story of Holistic Elevation:

Qualifications

I have over 18 years of experience in prevention work and innovative program design for underserved populations. Below is an overview of my professional training, experience, and involvement. 

 

  • Master’s Degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from The University of Louisiana at Monroe; and a double major in Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies from Grambling State University. 

  • Certified Prevention Specialist 

  • Educational Consultant, providing specialized professional development training to include cultural awareness, renaming shaming and blaming to naming, the influence of volunteerism in the community and empowering youth to break social abnormalities.

  • Speaker/Presenter on State, National, and International Levels. 

    • 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 

    • 2018 Parliament of World Religions on Youth Empowerment and breaking social abnormalities. 

  • Member of Delaware Rape Prevention and Education Leadership Team, Co-Chair for Delaware Victim Services Training Advisory Group, the Vice-Chair for Delaware Victim Assistance Academy, Committee Member for Dayspring Baha’i School, Board Member for Pi Gamma Mu's Alumni Council, and Committee Member for the National Civil Rights Conference.

 

Our Core Values

Our Core Values are at the root of everything we do, they inform our approach and guide the youth and adults we collaborate with.

 

  • One Family Policy: We view our clients as members of one family wishing to develop themselves and their communities. We place them in high esteem and welcome their experience and knowledge in collaboration.

  •  Accountability & Responsibility: We take personal responsibility for our life choices, our actions, and growth. We are responsible for ourselves and those around us. 

 

  •  Community & Service: We strive to empower ourselves and those around us to do things that make a difference. We believe by expressing compassion, consideration, and kindness to friends and strangers alike will help build a community of love and empathy.

 

  • Excellence & Education: We give our best at any task we do, we continuously strive to increase our knowledge, and set high goals that are committed to improving the quality of life for others.

 

  • Integrity: We aspire to live by examples, with the highest standards of honesty, universal morals and behavior; We never compromise our values and always act in the best interest of others through equity and justice.  

 

  • Collaboration: We respect each other and we thrive on our diversity to influence our universal love in making a difference.

 

  • Creativity: We are open to new ideas, we embrace change, and we take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions.

Positive Self-Concept

Holistic Elevation’s program created a positive school climate, which helped our students develop a positive self-concept. Mrs. Stevens exhibits skills in human relations which demonstrate sensitivity to needs and concerns of others.” 

Take a look at our current program offerings for youth and adults.

 

Contact us to see how we can best support your needs.

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