our programs

UpLift‘s unique, relationship-based approach employs full-time staff who represent the community they serve. Part teacher, part mentor, part life coach, our dedicated team members make themselves available 24/7 to build relationships with students. The strength of these relationships is developed through five key program areas.

IN SCHOOL

AFTER SCHOOL

ADVENTURE

POST SECONDARY

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP

What
Makes us
unique 

  1. Full-time, salaried teacher-mentors who are representative of our student population are available to their UpLift students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  2. Our staff works with students from year to year. This long-term, relational approach allows for a “pipeline” of influence from 2nd through 12th grade.
  3. We focus students’ attention and energy into five program areas: In-School, After-School, Adventure, Post-Secondary, and Advanced Leadership.
  4. Cross-age mentoring allows our high school students to become leaders and role models for elementary youth.
  5. UpLift is not limited to the school year. Our year-round programming ensures students stay engaged.

in-school

Building character and life skills

  • Elective, accredited class taught in public schools
  • Year-long, day-by-day curriculum which focuses on UpLift’s 13 key character qualities and life skills
  • Fully aligned with Common Core State Standards and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Competencies
  • Students collaborate through experiential learning, group activities, and discussions
  • Cross-age mentoring occurs when high school students teach similar lessons to elementary age students weekly

after-school

Walking alongside students

  • Teacher-mentors spend 50% of their time outside of the classroom, mentoring high school and junior high school students
  • Teacher-mentors are available to their student on evenings, weekends, and over the summer
  • Teacher-mentors pay attention to the whole child — discovering their talents, interests, and hopes for the future through activities and quality time
  • Teacher-mentors represent a positive role model in a student’s life, influencing the trajectory of their future

adventure

Growth through challenge

  • UpLift believes in pushing students to explore life beyond their comfort zone
  • Through new and challenging experiences, students are developing teamwork and leadership skills
  • Adventure activities include rafting, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, and more

post-secondary

The next step

UpLift ensures that all of our students have a plan for the future. We provide assistance with:

  • Career planning
  • College scholarships
  • Admissions applications
  • Practice interviews
  • Exam preparation

advanced leadership

Developing urban leaders

  • Year-long program for high school students and recent graduates
  • Class is modeled after college courses and allows for students to earn both high school and college credit
  • Community-focused with discussion, meals, and other activities
  • Students learn service leadership and practically apply this skills during projects and trips

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