Curriculum

The UpLift curriculum is designed to teach character qualities and life skills in a sequential order that allows students to internalize and process this information effectively. This becomes a new filter that alters their perception of the world along with their decisions and actions in everyday life. As a catalyst for change, this foundation drives positive transformation to a better future. Character Qualities: - Vision - Courage - Respect - Caring - Responsibility - Positive Work Ethic - Integrity

The UpLift curriculum is designed to teach character qualities and life skills in a sequential order that allows students to internalize and process this information effectively. This becomes a new filter that alters their perception of the world along with their decisions and actions in everyday life. As a catalyst for change, this foundation drives positive transformation to a better future. Life Skills: - Career Mindedness - Communication - Leadership - Problem Solving - Decision Making - Goal Setting

UpLift teaches 13 character qualities and life skills in 28 Denver Public Schools. From elementary school through high school graduation, the ultimate goal is to walk alongside our students for the majority of their scholastic careers, providing them with support and guidance.

UpLift provides a wide variety of both structured and unstructured activities, both of which are designed to teach and encourage students to reach their full potential.

Structured Activities
Structured after school activities are skill building classes scheduled for our students.

Unstructured Activities
Unstructured activities focus on the specific needs of a student or small group.

The Adventure program uses outdoor activities to teach resiliency to our students. The socio-emotional learning and character development that goes on in the classroom is reinforced through experiential learning. We want our youth to believe they can go anywhere and do anything. UpLift accomplishes this by simply breaking down walls geographically and through activities that teach them they can achieve.

At first glance, our post-secondary program focuses on helping our high school juniors and seniors get into college. We hold workshops, take students on campus tours, sit down with them to help them with their applications, and help navigate the often daunting world of FAFSA.  We have internal scholarships that award $80,000.00 to Colorado UpLift students annually to pursue degrees in universities, colleges and tech schools.  Our internal scholarships are comprised of 7 scholarships, all of which are contributed to by donors.  Each scholarship has specific requirements which are based on the interests of the donors:

1)    Ann Clark Scholarship
2)    Lucille Brown Scholarship
3)    Terry O’Connor Scholarship
4)    Hope’s Enduring Flame Scholarship
5)    Beaver Family Scholarship
6)    Book Scholarships
7)    Fill In The Gap Scholarships

However, the scope of post-secondary is much wider than junior and senior year.  We continue to support our college students through campus groups and scholarships.  Additionally, our UpLift Alumni, in college or not, have access to continued relational support, internships through Advanced Leadership, career planning, and social networking.  Our Revgen Database helps us to communicate with and support the Alumni of Colorado UpLift.  It’s designed as Professional Social Networking page where students can create a profile, tell their Colorado UpLift story and network.  This database links with their Facebook account and other social networking sites.  We are in the beginning stages of promoting this and growing awareness.

In truth, our post-secondary program begins as soon as students first come into contact with Colorado UpLift.  This means that as early as elementary school, UpLift students are immersed in lessons that are geared towards career minded goal setting.  This is a powerful skill to develop early on in life as it helps set a foundation for success down the years.

High school students are given the opportunity to mentor elementary school students and in doing so, they learn to be accountable for their own actions - as they are now role models. In fact, we have found this piece of the UpLift program to be one of the most influential components with lasting impact. When high school students are asked about their favorite part of UpLift, they often mention the "Little Lift" program, where they had an opportunity to influence other lives and be looked up to by younger students who wanted to be just like them.

Advanced Leadership is a year-round program that works with juniors, seniors and high school graduates.  Each semester, 75-80 students are selected to participate based on staff recommendation and leadership potential.  Students meet during after-school hours in order to earn 3 college credits, or for some, 5 high school credits for each complete semester.  This course is led by a university professor and is modeled after a college class.  Additionally, the UpLift staff incorporate a bonding element that is missional to the organization, engaging students in discussion, meals, and a variety of other activities as part of the class.  The course culminates with a service-learning project outside of Denver, where students gain valuable lessons in real-life issues.  During the summer, a select cohort of participants lead UpLift's summer day camp, putting the lessons they have learned into practice.  Some of these students will continue as interns and obtain service leadership hours by participating with the UpLift program year-round.  The 3 key outcomes are that students earn college credits, learn holistic leadership skills, and have the opportunity to build relationships with multiple mentors as well as other students from across the city. 

UpLift provides wrap-around support for kids 24/7/365. This includes the Summer Advanced Leadership Training (SALT) program where we engage kids in various activities throughout the summer.

Guided by their mentors, Colorado UpLift students are able to stay engaged and connected to UpLift throughout the summer while actively participating in life changing opportunities. These opportunities plant seeds, shift mindsets and build character, in addition to developing life-long peer-to-peer relationships.

Many of these activities allow students to travel out of state and out of the country, dramatically broadening their perspective on what's possible while creating a different self image and an entirely new vision for their personal and professional future.

As the program name suggests, SALT does exactly what is was designed to do . . . it creates leaders . . .