Project Lift

Since 1984, FCC’s Project Lift has been an integral part of the Saratoga Springs City School District, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of our community’s youth. This free after-school prevention program operates across all six elementary schools in the district for students in grades 1 through 5. Additionally, a separate program for 6th graders at the middle school focuses on self-esteem and building strong connections to the school.

Our overarching goal is to collaboratively work with identified students and their families, referred to the program, using a unique and comprehensive approach. This approach includes research-based curriculum and places a strong emphasis on positive youth development activities. We aim to raise self-esteem and foster the development of essential life skills such as refusal, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication.

Our dedicated program staff strives to empower children through open conversations about prevention topics, including drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, violence, and bullying. We believe in the intuitive philosophy that students feel good about themselves when they engage in positive actions. Together, students learn to build self-esteem, realize their self-worth, and understand how to establish and respect healthy boundaries.

Throughout the school year, we host opportunities for our Lifters to share what they are learning by inviting their families in to celebrate their many accomplishments.

In addition to these educational efforts, our commitment extends to supporting families through various services. This includes holiday assistance, school supplies, clothing, Halloween costumes, and school break activities and summer camps. For more information, visit Student Services. Families enrolled in our Project Lift program also receive meal assistance during holidays and school breaks in the form of grocery store gift cards and food bags.

To learn more about our Project Lift program, please visit our staff page for the appropriate contact information.

Individual and community donations supplement our funding. Become a supporter today!



We are grateful to the individuals, businesses and foundations listed below that give annually in support of our program.

Major Supporters of Project Lift: