The Middle School Initiative is focused on increasing Colorado UpLift’s presence with Denver Public Schools’ middle school students by hiring additional full-time staff to teach accredited UpLift classes five days per week, up from two to three days per week. This will significantly increase weekly contact with UpLift students and add new middle school students to the program. Middle school is a critical time in the life of our students, both academically and socially. By increasing our presence, we can provide our students with better wraparound support during these formative years. The initiative was successfully launched during the 2012-2013 school year at three middle schools; Kepner, Hill and Skinner. We continue to operate these schools and have added West Generations and West Leadership to the full-time initiative.