Elevate USA emerged from the work of Colorado UpLift, a nonprofit youth service organization founded in Denver in 1982 with a mission of building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. The organizational model, a proven best practice program, has been teaching character, leadership, and life skills in the public schools while providing a relationally driven mentoring program outside school over the past 33 years to urban youth. Given the success of Colorado UpLift, over the past six years, Elevate USA affiliate programs were developed in Phoenix, Orlando, New York City, and Indianapolis, with Boston and Los Angeles moving toward full affiliation as well.
Recently, Elevate USA has been invited by the Superintendent of the Ferguson School District to implement their program into the school systems in Ferguson, Missouri and help bring the change the city desperately needs. Given this invitation, Elevate St. Louis will begin in Ferguson with plans to quickly expand to the St. Louis school district as well. As Elevate St. Louis starts up, they are seeking to put a local Board in place. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements Elevate St. Louis‘s strategic plan
-Approving Elevate St. Louis’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
-Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
-Representing Elevate St. Louis to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
-Ability to serve a three-year term and attended regular board meetings