About the Annual Program

Started in 2002 as a component of the Capital Region Community Foundation, the Uplift Our Youth Fund has awarded more than $160,000 in grants to several community-based organizations/agencies that have been able to provide programs that benefit youth.

From the beginning, the Uplift Our Youth Fund – and now the Uplift Our Youth Foundation – has benefitted from the support of many community leaders in the Lansing area. Our Board of Directors represents a cross-section of our community, including business, academia, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The Annual Program that is hosted every year is a special time where we celebrate those organizations/agencies in our communities that focus on making an impact on our youth as well as award Grants to some of those organizations as well.

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2019 Guest Speaker

Patrick Bisher
Mental Toughness Expert

Patrick Bisher’s career as a Navy SEAL should have ended after a parachuting

accident nearly crippled him. But overcoming adversity, even an injury as

serious as a broken hip, was nothing new for him. He’d spent a portion of his

childhood in leg braces. Doctors told him he’d never walk again thanks to a

degenerative hip condition. He wasn’t about to give up then, any more than he

was in the wake of that parachute training accident. Instead, he went on to serve

in combat as a member of SEAL Team Seven, seeing action in Iraq and

ultimately winning the Army Commendations Medal, among other awards.

Now Patrick wants to take the lessons he learned on and off the battlefield and

apply them to everyday life. He offers inspiration to all who’ve faced the kind of

adversity he has. In chapters drawn directly from his own experience, he

sketches a heart-wrenching tale of salvaging lifelong victories out of crushing

defeats, and hope out of heartache.

2019 Youth Advocate of the Year

Amil Eiland

Past Award Recipiants

2007 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Black Child & Family Institute – $3,500

MI Foundation for Education Leadership – $1,000

Inspirational Ministries – $1,500

Gateway Community Services $2,000.00

Westside YMCA $2,000.00

 

2008 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,500

Worship Without Words – $2,000

Antioch Cares Community Development Corp. – $1,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region – $1,500

Ele’s Place – $1,500

Boys & Girls Club of Lansing – $2,500 

 

 

2009 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity ETS Chapter Educational Fund – $1,500

St. Stephen’s Community Church – Community Outreach Center – $1,500

Antioch Cares Community Development Corp. – $500

Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region – $1,000

The Turning Point Lansing – $1,500

Lansing Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation – $1,500

Northwest Initiative – $1,500

Black Child & Family Institute – $1,500

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $500

Worship Without Words – $1,500

 

2010 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,500

D.A.N.C.E, Inc.

(Developing & Nurturing Community Empowerment) – $1,800

Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region – $1,000

Eastside Community Action Center – $1,200

Closing the Digital Gap – $500 Black Child & Family Institute – $2,000

Capital Area Golf for Youth, Inc. – $1,000

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity ETS Chapter Educational Fund – $1,000

 

2011 GRANT RECIPIENTS

St. Stephen’s Community Church – $1,200

Highfields, Inc. – $1,200 Dream and Vision Manifested – $1,000

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity – $1,500

Black Child & Family Institute – $2,000

Boys and Girls Clubs of Lansing – $2,000

Eastside Community Action Center – $1,100

 

 

2012 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Lansing College Access Network – $1,000

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,000

Southside Community Coalition – $1,000

The Turning Point of Lansing – $1,500

Kids Repair Program – $750

New Mount Calvary Baptist Church – $1,000

Reach Studio Art Center – $750

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan – $1,000

Capital Area Literacy Coalition – $1,000

Northwest Lansing Health Communities Initiative – $1,000

 

2013 AWARDS

Kids Repair Program – $1,000

St. Stephen’s Community Church – $1,000

The Turning Point of Lansing – $2,500

Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. – $500

Highfields, Inc. – $2,500

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Epsilon Tau Sigma – $2,000

 

2014 AWARDS

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,400

Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. – $1,000

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan – $1,400

ITEC – $1,000

Kids Repair Program – $1,200

Lansing Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc. – $2,000

St Stephen’s Community Church – $2,000

 

2015 GRANT RECIPIENT

Boys & Girls Club of Lansing – $2,000

Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. – $2,500

Kids Repair Program – $1,200

Kendon Elementary School – $2,000

New Mount Calvary Baptist Church – $2,300

 

2016 GRANT RECIPIENT

Building Child & Family Initiatives – $2,000

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $2,000

Eastside Community Action Center – $1,600

Kids Repair Program – $1,400

The Carol J. Greer Community Center – $3,000

 

2017 GRANT RECIPIENT

Kids Turning Corners, Inc – $2000

Building Child & Family Initiatives – $1500

Village Summit – $2500

Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence – $2000

Eastside Community Center – $2000

Lansing Art Gallery, Inc – $1000

Gridiron Summer Institute – $1000

 

2018 GRANT RECIPIENT

Kids Turning Corners, Inc – $2,500

Building Child & Family Initiatives – $2,250

Capital Area Literacy Coalition – $2,000

Churches of Greater Lansing – $2,500

Lansing Art Gallery, Inc – $1,000

Gridiron Summer Institute – $1,000

Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,500

The Turning Point of Lansing – $2,250

St. Stephens Church Carol Greer Community Learning Center – $1,000