Friday night marked one of the most spectacular events for Colorado UpLift of the year, as families and staff mentors gathered at the Mi Casa Resource Center on 4th and Acoma to honor the UpLift graduates of 2011. The facility was packed to the rim with around 200 joyous graduates, tearful family members and proud Colorado UpLift staff who all worked hard to help the students receive their diploma. Cinzetti’s restaurant catered the pasta dinner, and decorations were supplied by Colorado UpLift Guild volunteers, who helped provide a gift card for each student and served cake to hungry guests. UpLift graduate and college student Alejandra encouraged graduates as a keynote speaker with her own story, after which each student received a personalized certificate from UpLift and hug from their staff teacher/mentors.
Overall, students who enroll in Colorado UpLift for three years or more graduate at 90%, compared to 52% of their non-UpLift peers. It’s definitely an achievement worth celebrating!