our mission

Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.

our history

1982

Colorado UpLift

Colorado UpLift is the original Elevate affiliate. Staff members began providing leadership and character instruction in the public school system for students from 4th grade through college. Along with the in-school program, Colorado UpLift regularly mentored students after school and throughout the summer, improving the odds for students to emerge as thriving young adults.

2008

National Expansion

Based on interest from other cities, new affiliates launched beginning with Elevate Orlando in 2008, Elevate Phoenix in 2009 and Elevate New York in 2010. Nationally the name switched from UpLift to Elevate.

2017

Elevate USA Contacts KC

Elevate USA staff hosted several informal meetings throughout Kansas City, looking for key stakeholders.

2019

Elevate Metro KC Launches

Elevate Metro KC becomes the 10th Elevate affiliate in the country. Elevate classes and mentoring launch at Southeast High and Banneker Elementary Schools.

2020

COVID-19

On site classes suspended throughout the Kansas City Public School District to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Teacher/Mentors develop new ways to teach, connect, inspire, and encourage with social distancing rules in place.

our history

1982

Colorado UpLift

Colorado UpLift is the original Elevate affiliate. Staff members began providing leadership and character instruction in the public school system for students from 4th grade through college. Along with the in-school program, Colorado UpLift regularly mentored students after school and throughout the summer, improving the odds for students to emerge as thriving young adults.

2008

National Expansion

Based on interest from other cities, new affiliates launched beginning with Elevate Orlando in 2008, Elevate Phoenix in 2009 and Elevate New York in 2010. Nationally the name switched from UpLift to Elevate.

2017

Elevate USA Contacts KC

Elevate USA staff hosted several informal meetings throughout Kansas City, looking for key stakeholders.

2019

Elevate Metro KC Launches

Elevate Metro KC becomes the 11th Elevate affiliate in the country. Elevate classes and mentoring launch at Southeast High and Banneker Elementary Schools.

2020

COVID-19

On site classes suspended throughout the Kansas City Public School District to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Teacher/Mentors develop new ways to teach, connect, inspire, and encourage with social distancing rules in place.

staff

Chris Jehle

Chris Jehle
Executive Director

Tiffany Green

Tiffany Green
Teacher and the Site Director

Sara Stauffer

Sara Stauffer
Administrative Coordinator

Board of Directors

David Larrabee
Chair
Leonard Davis
Jaqueline O’Brien
David Shewmaker
Brad Schrock
Vice Chair
Chris Jehle
Denise Quatman
Kelly Shewmaker
Cathy Larrabee
Secretary
Kim Merrill
Carrie Robson
Mary Schrock
Treasurer
Rob Merrill
Dan Robson

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