Building leaders on the east side
We have a vision to be a community that develops and restores mutually respectful relationships between people from diverse backgrounds, who together invest in the youth of our east side St. Paul neighborhood, equipping them to become self-sustaining, productive, and caring adults.
Here's what we do.
Power Up. Elementary age students play games, begin to work as a team, and learn fundamental concepts like cause and effect. Runs every Thursday during the school year from 5:15 to 6:45pm.
Level Up. High school students build on their skills by learning job readiness, financial literacy, emotional intelligence, community involvement, and even basic software development. Students earn Lift Dollars for their work, which they can spend at our Lift Store, where they can buy everything from school supplies and sports equipment to clothing, driver's training, and electronics. Students earn interest on saved Lift Dollars, have taxes withheld from their pay, and fill out tax returns at the end of the school year. Runs every Tuesday during the school year from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Show Up. Leadership skills are put to the test in on-the-job experience at our local community movie theater. At The Plaza Theater, which is owned by Woodland Hills Church and operated in partnership with The Lift, students will interact with the public for the first time, learn to manage money, and see how a small business is run.Change Up. The final stage. Young adults who have been through at least one of our programs are invited to join The Lift as paid leadership interns, working closely with staff to manage programs and develop their own unique interests, eventually reinvesting what they learned in our east side community.
Beat Change. Students in our job skills
programs are paid to attend a twelve-week life skills program that uses an
art-based curriculum to work on skills such as conflict resolution, delayed
gratification, healthy self esteem, growth in self awareness, emotional
intelligence, and healthy relationships. Many Lift community members go through
the class as well.