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.

2018 Guest Speaker

Roger Groves
Visiting Professor at Florida A&M College of Law

Currently teaching at a Florida law school, business, sports business and economics, international business transactions. Summer home in Portland Oregon. So while in Florida, beach he teaches plays the keyboard to exhale.

Founder of the Center for Sports and Social Entrepreneurship because pooling major money for transformative effects on whole underserved communities is also a form of giving back – especially when you remember that the difference between you and many who now struggle is an opportunity, including the unearned blessing of great parents.

See http://center4players.com/ and Twitter at @rgroveslaw. Blog for Forbes on the business of sports.

2018 Youth Advocate of the Year

Bryan Beverly, Ph.D
Acting Director, K-12 Outreach

He holds a Ph. D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State University, is an alum and co-coordinator of Michigan’s Educational Policy Fellowship Program, and is an elected member of the Lansing Board of Education.

Dr. Beverly is currently the Acting Director of the Office of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education – where his work is centered on school turnaround efforts and instructional leadership. Prior to returning to MSU for his PhD, Dr. Beverly worked as an education consultant for the KRA Corporation and the Lansing School District.

His other professional experiences include work with the President’s Council of State Universities, Michigan; the State of Michigan, Office of the Governor; GEAR-UP, MSU; and the Michigan Association of Counties. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Olivet College and a master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Administration from Michigan State University.

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