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Our Mission

Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.

our vision:
Building a new generation of urban leaders

The Need

transformational relationships

If you consider yourself successful, chances are somewhere along your journey there were people who encouraged or pushed you towards your potential. It may have been a parent, a teacher, a relative, or a mentor.

Unfortunately, many of today’s urban youth lack this positive guidance, resulting in alarming dropout, teen pregnancy, and incarceration rates. That’s where UpLift comes in, with meaningful relationships, opportunities, and experiences that shape students into the young adults we know they can become.

Our Programs

meeting kids where they need us most

UpLift employs a holistic approach to meet each student’s needs. This means full-time, salaried teacher-mentors, year-round programming, cross-age mentoring, and a long-term relational approach in five areas: In-School, After-School, Adventure, Post-Secondary, and Advanced Leadership.

wE envision a future
where students expand capacities to realize new possibilities.

we Envision a future
where every student has a structure of support and accountability.

wE envision a future
where every student is empowered to fulfill their purpose.

wE envision a future
where challenges are faced head on.

wE envision a future
where underserved students become urban leaders

The Impact

real lives changed

How has the UpLift model proven successful for over 30 years? We provide relational support, build strong character, inspire school success, and encourage community engagement.

  • 90%

over 90% of uplift seniors graduate high school.

Our students are given the tools and support they need so they can thrive instead of falling behind.

  • 86%

86% of uplift graduates go on to college, the military, or trade school.

Our impact extends beyond high school. UpLift’s programs give students a vision for the future and the resources they need to achieve it.

Success Stories

reason to believe it works

Statistics may help us prove UpLift’s efficacy, but our students’ stories speak for themselves.


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Our Affiliates

The Cities we serve

Colorado UpLift began in Denver in 1982. Now Elevate has expanded the program model to Orlando, Phoenix, Indianapolis, New England, New York City, and Las Vegas. Click on each of our cities to learn more.

Las Vegas, NV Denver, CO Phoenix, AZ Indianapolis, IN New England NYC, NY Orlando, FL


putting money where it matters

How has the UpLift model proven successful for over 30 years? We create developmental assets, build strong character, inspire school success, and encourage community engagement.

transforming lives and communities