the need

To introduce urban students to a positive and caring adult who can ensure they don’t have to navigate life’s toughest challenges alone.

the numbers


In 2019, over 9,000 Colorado students dropped out of high school.1

Nationally, over 2 million students drop out every year.2


In 2019, the US unemployment rate was 3.7%. Among high school dropouts, the unemployment rate was 14%.3


Over 20,000 Children in Colorado have a parent in state prison.6

65% of all incarcerated Americans did not receive a high school diploma or equivalent.7

The dramatic increase in prison spending is one of the reasons Colorado ranks near the bottom of all US states for investment in public education, adding to a cycle of incarceration and poverty.8


1 in 3 young people grow up without a mentor.4

Children who experience child abuse are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.5


About a third of students in Colorado report feeling persistently sad or hopeless for multiple weeks at a time.9

THE crisis

Students living in low-income and underserved areas are facing a complex set of experiences and circumstances. These youth lack positive relationships in their life. The lack of support and guidance results in unacceptable graduation rates across the nation. These dropout rates lead to serious national issues:

  • An alarming cost to society for every student who does not graduate
  • Increased teen pregnancy rates
  • Increased crime and incarceration rates
  • Increased unemployment rates, while an exceptionally high percentage of employed youth remain unprepared for the workforce

THE reality

Every student wants to have a successful life and is inherantly capable of it. The reality is that many kids do not have adults in their lives to help them overcome challenges and achieve their potential.

the opportunity

UpLift is building relationships that help students throughout Denver and Aurora prosper economically and socially. With your support, we have the opportunity to take this explosive program to more schools across Colorado, serving new students by the thousands.

envision a future

of transformation.

how we take action