Colorado UpLift Overview
Target demographics: We target low-income children and teens in the metropolitan Denver area (based on free and reduced lunch qualification) from 2nd grade through post-secondary ages. 80% of our students are deemed impoverished, 90% are minorities and all face major risk factors such as gangs, drugs, dysfunctional families, academic underachievement and cycles of failure.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: inspire career vision for elementary and middle-school youth at a spring Career Fair, a two-hour event involving six-minute presentations to small groups of eager kids!
Geographic areas served: Colorado UpLift impacts youth who attend 26 urban, low-income schools in Denver. The program is also being replicated to similar demographics
As mentioned above, 90% of our kids who have been in the program three years or more graduate from high school (compared to a 52% average graduation rate), and 86% engage in post-secondary learning (compared to 25% average).
In addition, kids who participate in Colorado UpLift attend all their academic classes 41% more than their non-UpLift peers. For each graduate, we're saving the economy around $2 million per student - and everyone benefits!
In 2010, Colorado UpLift won the CoBiz Magazine "Top Company" award in the Nonprofit category, an award based on excellence and best practices in the field.