Colorado UpLift

A nonprofit organization

$534,232 raised by 87 donors

71% complete

$750,000 Goal

UpLift's unique, relationship-based approach employs full-time staff who represent the community they serve. Part teacher, part mentor, part life coach, our dedicated team members make themselves available 24/7 to build relationships with students. The strength of these relationships is developed through five key program areas; in-school, after-school, adventure, post-secondary, and advanced leadership. Our staff works with students from year to year. This long-term, relational approach allows for a “pipeline” of influence from 2nd through 12th grade. Cross-age mentoring allows our high school students to become leaders and role models for elementary youth. UpLift is not limited to the school year. Our year-round programming ensures students stay engaged.

Donations made to Colorado UpLift qualify for Colorado Child Care Tax Credit.


Colorado UpLift's mission is to build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.

Background Statement

Colorado UpLift was founded in 1982 as a summer jobs program for urban, at-risk youth and has now grown into a comprehensive teaching and mentoring program providing year-round services. The "whole child" approach we utilize supports and guides youth as they travel the continuum from elementary school through high school graduation and beyond, building on the concept that just one caring, responsible adult can be incredibly powerful in shaping a child's life.

Our founder, Dr. Kent Hutcheson, discovered that although teens were successfully placed in jobs, they lacked the skills to succeed in the workplace such as respect, time management, and vision. UpLift shifted its focus to build these skills into its programs through staff-student relationships and student leadership in the classroom. These key components have resulted in a successful model now being replicated nationally.

Organization Data


Organization name

Colorado UpLift

other names

UpLift, Colorado UpLIFT

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Youth Development

Organization Size

Large Organization

Colorado State Tax Credits

Colorado Child Care Credit


400 West 48th Avenue Suite 250
Denver, CO 80216

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US



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