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About Us

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Project UPLIFT (Utilizing Positive Leaders to Inspire Future Talent) is a 40 developmental, asset-inspired, community/afterschool-based mentoring and education program for youth with multiple risk factors.

The program uses a one-to-one peer and group mentoring strategy. Mentors meet with youth in community and/or on their school campus during lunch or after school to accomplish the goals and objectives of the project.

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Our Purpose
1. To identify, recruit, and train Mentors/Tutors from all sectors of the community.

2. To develop and utilize youth leadership and life/social and resiliency skills.

3. To improve academic achievement and instill a dedication to a culture of “Higher Education”.

4. To develop a deep sense of positive self-image through education culture, history, and community service.

5. To provide a development and training ground and social opportunities for Mentors.


Our Leadership Team

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John Ervin, III
Director, Founder

“Mentoring provides me with nourishment to the soul, it brings me great joy knowing that I am making a positive difference in the lives of the youth I have mentored over the years. Each smile that I generate and life I help turn around...”

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Administrative Director

 

 

 

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Our Mentors

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The Mentors are a team of highly motivated individuals who are committed to the cause of a better tomorrow for our youth. Project UPLIFT is proud to have these positive role- models who have been a guiding inspiration to our Mentees’ growth...

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Our Mentees

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The Mentees of Project UPLIFT are bright and talented individuals with great potential. With a guiding hand from our Mentors, these youth are empowered to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their true potential....

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Testimonials

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Many have gone through our programs as both Mentors and Mentees, and have taken time to evaluate their experience! Here's what some have had to say!

"You can have a second chance if you really want it." - Joey Cox

"It's really cool working there. I help a lot of kids that are going to through the same thing I was." - Marcus Gullatt

"It taught me qualities I need to become a man and a leader." - Chris Green

"The first thing I learned was following directions." - Andrew Silva

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