Mayor Frank Jackson

Look Up To Cleveland

Since 1986, Look Up To Cleveland (LookUp) has been a one-of-a-kind experience that connects high school students to Cleveland and the people, places and projects moving it forward. They develop leadership skills and see first-hand how they can contribute to their community.


  • Introduces students to community leaders they otherwise would not meet – including the Mayor of Cleveland.
  • Cultivates an appreciation of Cleveland and its opportunities.
  • Breaks down stereotypes, promotes diversity awareness and fosters inclusive thinking and action by bringing together students from a variety of ethnic, economic and social backgrounds.
  • Develops leadership skills and encourages team building.
  • Challenges students to develop networking skills and envision how they can make a difference in the community now and in the future.

These experiences have a lasting impact on their lives and serve as stepping stones for their school careers and success later in life. Hear directly from alumni, how the program changed their lives:

Additionally, in post-program evaluations, students indicated nearly 100% improvement from the beginning of the program to the end for the following statements:

  • Knowledge of Cleveland's civic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ability to use information about the community to envision Cleveland's future.
  • Ability to think critically about how relationships between civic assets, issues and stakeholders impact the community.

LookUp is offered in two formats:

  • School year program: Seven full-day sessions, roughly one per month from October through April, including an overnight retreat. Applications for the Class of 2019 will be open from May 1 through May 31, 2018.
  • Summer program: A one-week session (Monday through Friday) offered twice each summer. 2017 dates are June 26-30 and July 17-21.

Want more information, or have questions? Contact Christen DuVernay, Director of Look Up to Cleveland, at or (216) 592-2296.