Colorado UpLift

Why UpLift?


Kids in the urban environment face some enormous challenges in trying to make it on a day-to-day basis.
  • Students enrolled in the public school system in Denver have an average graduation rate of only 61.1%. (
  • Approximately 83% of kids in Colorado UpLift qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. (
    • Children living below the poverty line are more likely to have difficulty in school, to become teen parents, as adults, to earn less and be unemployed more frequently. (America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007)

  • The number of gang-related cases investigated by Denver Police is up 83% since 2001. In 2006, one-third of the city’s 58 homicides were tied to gangs. (Denver Post, 2006)
  • Studies have documented that inner-city youth experience high levels of life stress, poverty, and exposure to violence.
    • These stressors can negatively affect healthy adolescent development, and are associated with higher rates of emotional and behavioral problems and psychopathology. (Lever, Sander, Lombardo, Randall, & Rubenstein, 2004)

Our community and nation as a whole are desperately in need of intervention for a generation of youth who face a bleak future with these desperate forecasted outcomes.

According to the Alliance for Excellent Education (2009), the lifetime earnings for dropouts from the class of 2008 alone would add $4.3 billion to the Colorado economy. Colorado’s economy would see a combination of crime-related savings and additional revenue of about $90 million each year if the male high school graduation rate increased by just 5%.
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