Your support is critical to the success of Elevate New York. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the students we work with.


Do you share our enthusiasm for helping young people develop new skills and experience? Then we’d love for you to volunteer with us!

We need YOUR help to elevate the next generation of leaders.

We’re looking for talented individuals who want to make a difference in New York City.

“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love…”
—Martin Luther King Jr

Volunteer Opportunities

In-Classroom Volunteer

We need volunteers every day to support Elevate New York in the classroom. Volunteer work includes classroom preparation, assistance with administrative work, and working directly with Elevate teachers and students.

Fundraising Volunteer

Elevate needs funds to continue this important work! We are seeking volunteers to assist with writing grants, researching prospects, and communicating with donors. Fundraising experience and strong writing skills are preferred. Volunteer hours are flexible, and these activities take place at Elevate’s office in midtown Manhattan.


Elevate students participate in a number of activities outside of the classroom, including field trips, corporate visits and sporting events. We need volunteers to chaperone students on these trips and share in the experience. Volunteer hours vary, and are dependent on the event.

For more information, contact us at

Apply To Volunteer

Elevate New York is committed to helping students develop key leadership skills. Our students have been fortunate to hear many inspirational speakers who have come into the classroom to share their experiences, career path and life lessons.

Speakers get involved by:

– Serving as a role model and inspiration to students

– Showcasing different definitions of “success”

– Illuminating how Elevate’s 13 character qualities and life skills are incorporated into their everyday life and work

– Sharing their unique story in an educational manner

Past Elevate Speakers:

  • Bryan Abreu

    Advisory Board Member – Berklee College of Music City Program

  • Juliet Adekambi

    International Entertainer and Recording Artist

  • Frantz Alphonse

    Venture Capitalist

  • Manuel Aragon

    Colorado Uplift Staff

  • Cortney Aranda

    Social Entrepreneur

  • Danielle Alex

    Celebrity Chef

  • Willie Bradford

    Model with Wilhelmina Models

  • Rahman Ali Bugg

    Television Producer

  • Phil & Denise Clements

    Elevate Board Members

  • Andrew Decurtis

    Changemaker and Retired Financial Manager

  • Philana Dias

    Special Effects Artist

  • Ashlina Kaposta

    Author & Celebrity Interior Designer

  • Laura Kelly

    Mary Poppins on Broadway

  • Vanessa Fitzgerald

    Television Real Estate Agent

  • Mark Gunn

    SVP TJX Companies

  • Jennifer Haron

    Youth Motivational Speaker

  • Instinet LLC Staff

  • Onaje Jefferson

    International Singer and Performer

  • Judy Kang

    Violinist for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour

  • Annalynne Mccord


  • Kevin Mcgovern

    Co-Founder of Sobe Beverages

  • Jessica Minhas

    Actress, Model, Human Rights Advocate and Elevate Board Member

  • Dee Morris

    Actor, Model and Musician

  • Martin Morse

    Investor & Marketing Guru

  • Lynetta Mouton

    School Teacher For 50 Years

  • Q Nellum

    Colorado Uplift Staff

  • Mike Painter

    Leadership at Colorado UpLift

  • Shea Maultsby & Marcella Palmer

    Entrepreneurs/Founders of M.INK Productions LLC

  • Amanda Pirih

    World Youth Alliance

  • Michael Pisula

    Media Innovation Group

  • Brian Rathjen

    US Navy

  • Shelby Rollins

    Master Vocal Coach, Singing Success Method

  • Dick Saunders

    Leadership at Colorado UpLift

  • Ethan & Jonas Shapiro

    Ethan Shapiro & Assoc., LLC.

  • Samantha Steele

    Sideline Reporter ESPN

  • Kelli Tennant

    ESPN & MSG Sports Analyst

  • Melissa Vaske

    Philanthropist & Activist

  • Chayenne Wiskerke (Netherlands)

    Wiskerske Onions

If you are a leader in your field, have a passion for today’s youth and are willing to support the Elevate program by speaking in our classroom, then please contact us at