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Mission Statement

The mission of Colorado UpLift is to build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.


Our goal is to build minority leadership among urban youth and break generational cycles of poverty and dysfunction. To achieve this vision, we plan to help students with the following outcomes:

  • High school graduation -- necessary for obtaining higher-paying jobs and acceptance into college or post-secondary education.
  • Post-secondary enrollment, a key step in career advancement. Individuals with some college or bachelor’s degrees earn more over their lifetime than those with a high-school diploma. From US News, http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/08/05/how-higher-education-affects-lifetime-salary
  • Behavior change, indicated by students learning our 13 character qualities and life skills, implementing them into their lives.
  • Student leadership, students serving others and giving back to the community.
  • Personal and generational firsts, creating new behavioral patterns that lead to more productive lives.

Our strategy involves hiring full-time, salaried adult staff members who function as mentors and life coaches to kids over multiple years. These staff members work with students from grade to grade, starting in 2 nd grade and tracking them through their early post-secondary years. In 2013, the UpLift staff will teach over 175 classes each week to 4,800 kids annually in 28 Denver Public Schools, as well as provide after-school mentoring and summer activities. Overall, students receive programming in four areas - In School, After School, Adventure and Post Secondary.

Activities that serve our students in these areas include skill-building sessions after school, career exploration, college campus visits, mentoring, summer camp and a host of other things that keep kids on a positive path to continue towards successful goals.


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