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 35 years to urban youth. Given the success of Colorado UpLift, over the past seven years, Elevate USA affiliate programs were developed in Phoenix, Orlando, New York City, Indianapolis and New England (Boston). St. Louis, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are all moving toward full affiliation as well.
Elevate USA is expanding to the San Francisco/Bay Area and is seeking Board Members who will support Elevate and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Currently, there is a temporary Executive Director in place in San Francisco who is working to identify schools that would be interested in participating in the program, though a full-time ED is being sought, who will oversee the day-to day operations of Elevate. However, a relationship between the Board and ED is a partnership and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.
Ideal Board Members will have a passion for Elevate’s mission in reaching urban youth in the San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area, as well as a track record of board leadership, with preferred leadership stature is business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.