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.






Makes us

  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.


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


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


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


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

meet the next generation of leaders