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The Lift: Sticking Together

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The thing we need most in life is someone to stick by our side in the ups and downs, and this is central to the mission of The Lift, an organization providing opportunities and resources for East Side youth.

Whether it’s learning mindful listening, coding miniature robots, explaining savings accounts or sharing a meal together, meaningful relationships and mentoring are at the heart of The Lift.

Connor Unger, Program Manager at The Lift explains: “Everything we do is rooted in building healthy relationships. The most important part of our programs is that our students feel like there’s someone here who cares about them, who knows their name and who will stand by their side no matter what. Creating that trusting and welcoming atmosphere is 90% of the work.”

The Lift has four youth programs that build on one another from elementary to high school and beyond, growing young people into leaders.

Power Up teaches elementary students to manage their thoughts and feelings. They play games, work together as a team and share meals.

Level Up prepares high school students with job readiness skills. They practice financial literacy, emotional intelligence, community involvement and even basic software development.

Show Up puts leadership skills to the test through on-job experience at The Plaza, Woodland’s movie theater. Students interact with customers, learn to manage money and see how a business is run.

Change Up is the final stage where young adults are invited to join The Lift as paid interns, developing their own unique interests, while reinvesting in their community.

What makes all this possible? The relationships. Woodland’s sermon series 4D Love, has introduced a discussion about three attachment styles- anxious, avoidant and secure. One eighth grader responding to this concept told staff, “I think secure attachment is what I have at The Lift.”

The Lift is always looking for caring adults who’d like to stick with their community. Check out their website and see how you can help!

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