Established in 2014, Uplift NYC is a New York State not-for-profit organization providing low-income youths and their families with access to key resources such as educational, health, cultural, and legal aid services. Since our founding, we have focused our Youth Engagement Saturday (YES) Program, which uses basketball as a vehicle to increase participation in physical education and uplift the youth participants to become leaders on the court and in their community, lead healthier lifestyles, and overcome socio-economic problems.


  • We are working to expand the YES Basketball Program to serve more youths without compromising the efficacy of the character-development workshops.
  • We are developing a partnership with another community organization to provide the childrens’ parent with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes while their kids are participating in the basketball program.
  • We will be inviting staff representatives from local organizations to provide free resources, including healthcare sign-ups, contraceptives, and legal consultation.

Team Members

Lucas Almonte

This is your world, these are your people, you can live for yourself today or help build tomorrow for everyone. – VNV Nation

Domingo Estevez

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. – Martin Luther King Jr.