Colorado UpLift

About Us

How it Works - Four Program Areas

Colorado UpLift provides full-time, salaried teacher/mentors, who begin building relationships with kids in 2nd and 3rd grade.

Staff follow students from grade to grade until they graduate from high school and go on to pursue post-secondary education. 

Along the way, staff members teach classes (In School), mentor kids (After School), build resiliency (Adventure) and prepare kids for college (Post Secondary).  In more detail....

In School


We teach character education and life skill classes in 28 Denver Public schools from second grade through twelfth grade.

Our curriculum includes thirteen key principles:

Seven character qualities:
  • Vision
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Caring
  • Responsibility
  • Positive Work Ethic
  • Integrity
Six life skills:
  • Career Mindedness
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting

After School

Our full-time staff mentor students using bonding activities and skill sessions.


Students develop resiliency through outdoor, physical activities.

Post Secondary


We prepare students for post-secondary education and encourage them to achieve their dreams!

Click here to see the results of our program!
  Schools we serve in Denver (Spring 2014):

  • Castro
  • Colfax
  • Columbine K-6
  • Columbian
  • Greenlee
  • Godsman
  • Hallett
  • Johnson
  • Palmer
  • Trevista ECE
Middle School:
  • Bryant Webster
  • Centennial
  • Denver School of Science and Technology
  • West Leadership and West Generations
  • Hill
  • Kepner
  • Lake
  • Morey
  • Smiley
  • Skinner
High School:
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Denver School of Science and Technology
  • East
  • George Washington
  • North
  • West Legacy
  • West Leadership Academy

The Pipeline Model

One of the main questions many people have is, “How do students get into the program?” This diagram shows a rough sketch of how the program operates.

All 4th - 5th graders (and some 2nd and 3rd graders) at the elementary school level receive the UpLift program (Mini Lift and Little Lift). 

UpLift staff track those students as they travel to middle and high school and enroll them at those levels (Middle Lift, Fresh Lift and Lift Leaders). We call this our “pipeline” model. Other students can join along the way as seats become available.