Mayor Frank Jackson

Look Up To Cleveland

Look Up To Cleveland is celebrating 30 years! Please join us – details below. 

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. 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 will be open from May 1 through May 31, 2017
  • 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.


Look Up To Cleveland 30th Anniversary

Celebrating 30 Years

Please join us on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, to commemorate 30 years of educating and preparing high school students for leadership roles in the community, and to celebrate Robert Varley's three decades of dedication to inspiring tomorrow's civic leaders.

Early bird pricing available through May 30, 2017. Students tickets are available for LookUp alumni age 22 years and younger.

Raffle tickets are also available for two exciting prizes:

  • 4 one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes & 2 Southwest Airline vouchers
  • 2 International Southwest Airline vouchers.

Buy a ticket for one prize or for both! Tickets are one for $50 or 3 for $100. You must select which raffle you are entering. The raffle is open to everyone, even if you cannot attend the event.

To make a Host donation, visit the Donate page and select "LookUp 30th Anniversary" from the drop-down menu.

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Look Up to Cleveland 30th Anniversary Celebration
Celebration honoring the Look Up to Cleveland program and special honoree, Robert Varley.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.

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