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
Character education- Implementing 13 character qualities and life skills
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 elementary school and tracking them through their early post-secondary years. In 2017, the UpLift staff will teach over 309 classes each week to 5,600 kids annually in 29 schools throughout Denver Public Schools, and Aurora Public Schools. We also provide after-school mentoring and summer activities. Overall, students receive programming in five areas - In School, After School, Adventure, Post Secondary and our Advanced Leadership Capstone program.