Power Up | Elementary School

Every Wednesday from 5:15 - 6:45 pm, students in first through sixth grade eat a family style dinner, learn basic financial literacy, grow in mindfulness, and practice life skills.

Contact Christopher at c.kirkwood@theliftcdc.org for more information.

Level Up | High School

Every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm junior and senior high students gather for Level Up. After a family-style dinner, students earn Lift Dollars by participating in neighborhood service projects, completing financial literacy trainings, and visiting various work places to learn about jobs and careers. They can spend their Lift Dollars in our weekly Corner Store, which sells bus tokens, snacks, and hygiene items, or monthly in the 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. Monthly certificates and Lift Dollar rewards are given for employee of the month and most improved employee.

Contact Ginny at g.ruzicka@theliftcdc.org for more information.

Show Up | The Plaza Theater

The Lift’s job skills program continues as students who have gone through Level Up are invited to apply for a job at The Plaza Theater, which is owned by Woodland Hills Church and operated in partnership with The Lift. Students add customer service and cashiering to their job skills as we continue to emphasize the development of critical soft skills.

Pick up an application at The Plaza Theater (1847 Larpenteur Ave E, Maplewood, MN 55109) or contact Teli at t.veamatahau@theliftcdc.org for more information.

Change Up | Leadership Development Interns

Students who have successfully been through our programs are invited to join us as paid interns and, potentially, part-time staff members. Change Up emphasizes leadership development and social responsibility. Participants help lead Lift programs and learn the basics of program development and entrepreneurship. Through their participation in Lift programming they learn to further cultivate their unique leadership talents, and in the relationships they build with students they give the younger generation something to aspire to.

Contact Sandra at s.unger@theliftcdc.org for more information.

Beat Change

Students in all of 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.

Contact Sandra at s.unger@theliftcdc.org for more information.

Community Gatherings

On Saturday nights we host an informal church service at 5:00 pm with worship, discussion, and prayer. At 6:00 we transition to a potluck dinner.

Contact Sandra at s.unger@theliftcdc.org for more information.