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Students Learn About College and Culture...
June 2011
A very nice article about Project UPLIFT.


Jardine: Ex-troublemaker Becomes Role Model
Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010
In 2005 at age 12, Joey Cox went to Juvenile for the first time for stealing his teacher’s cell phone. In 2008 he was arrested for car theft (more than 40 cars were involved). Before he was 16, Joey Cox had been in juvenile hall, slept in a park, and was failing school. After his last arrest in 2008, Joey discovered Project Uplift. Now in 2010 at age 17, Joey is earning a 3.0 GPA, is involved with the leadership in his high school, and speaks to youth groups about how he turned his life around.


Black History Speakers, Arts Set
Sunday, Feb. 07, 2010
Project UPLIFT presents a program of Readers Theater, Poetry, Music and Dance at the McHenry Museum.


Young Farmers Help Community
Friday, Jun. 26, 2009
To learn about healthy eating, Project UPLIFT youth started farming. They learned how till, plant, irrigate, and harvest their crops. These amazing youth went from I hate vegetables to preferring vegetables for snacks. They went even further and opened a booth at the local farmer’s market selling their fresh produce at prices that low-income families can afford.


Teens Mentor Their Juniors
Friday, May 08, 2009
Students from Modesto High head to Marshall elementary to lend a helping hand to their young peers.


Locals at Inauguration: From Clinton to Obama
Monday, Jan. 19, 2009
John Ervin, III, gives his thoughts about both Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama’s positive impact on our youth. Yes, young man, Yes, young woman – you can be President.


Modestans Attend Leadership Event
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008
Project UPLIFT youth attend a leadership conference in Birmingham, Alabama and tour many historical black colleges and civil rights sites. This article was written by Marcus Gullatt who was spotlighted in the Modesto Bee’s Teen Hall of Fame in 2007. He provides an account of how this journey inspired him and his peers to understand and appreciate the roads others travelled to provide a quality, equal, education and human rights for us today.


Seminar Can Help Young, Disadvantaged Males
Thursday, May. 29, 2008
John Ervin, III conveys the need for solutions to stop the violence among young black males. He provides details of the upcoming 2nd annual Male Youth Leadership Conference that focuses on building “a foundation for the positive development of black male youth, so that they can become healthy and productive contributors to society and so that they can help provide solutions to the epidemic of black-on-black violence and youth violence in general.”


Celebrate Modesto's Black History This Month, Every Month
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

John Ervin, III, founder of Modesto’s Project UPLIFT, writes about African-American history and how African-Americans have made important contributions, not just to the country, but here in Modesto as well.

  Go for the Glory, Not for the Gang
Sunday, Jun. 01, 2008

Project UPLIFT presents the 2nd annual Male Youth Leadership Conference for at-risk youth. Keynote speakers address gangs and crime. Workshops for youth include conflict resolution, how to treat women, and incarceration.

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