About Look Up To Cleveland (LookUp)

Look Up To Cleveland engages racially, geographically and economically diverse students from dozens of public, private, charter and parochial schools across Greater Cleveland. Students delve into topics such as the economy, arts and culture, government, neighborhoods and philanthropy through exclusive meetings with top leaders in those fields - including the Mayor of Cleveland.

The experiences serve as stepping stones for their school, careers and success later in life:

  • One participant met the City of Cleveland Chief of Government and International Affairs when she spoke to the LookUp class. The following summer he interned for her in City Hall and now plans to study political science in college.
  • One student - whose mother was in the program in 1990 - was motivated during the program to write a handbook on the college search process that would be user-friendly for students from urban school districts. The program also motivated her to remain in Cleveland, where she currently attends Case Western Reserve University. (Her brother also is an alumnus.)

LookUp opens eyes to possibilities that many teenagers never knew existed. For example, in session evaluations they have said:

  • "[The speakers] made me realize that I have a large influence on the prosperity of Cleveland just by what I say about it to family and friends."
  • "I will be able to voice my opinions a lot more confidently when I see something that needs to be changed."
  • "Before Look Up, I was set on moving out of Cleveland, but now I know that there are improvements being made and that I can contribute. I will stay."
  • "I feel like Look Up To Cleveland has helped me become a better leader at school and in the community."


Admission is through a selective application process for students who have demonstrated leadership ability, participated in school/community organizations and clubs, exhibited academic soundness, shown self-reliance and independence, and are able to take initiative. Students must also commit to complying with attendance policies, complete an on-line application, and supply two non-family references to be considered.

The program is offered in two formats:

Look Up To Cleveland

Applications for the next session will be accepted August 31-September 30, 2015. Candidates must be a junior during the year they are in the program and must be nominated by someone from their school to apply. Generally teachers, guidance counselors or principals nominate two or three students from their school. The program is offered at no charge thanks to generous support of local corporate and family foundations, and individuals.

LookUp Summer

The program is offered twice each summer, one week in June and one week in July. Summer Session candidates must be entering their junior or senior year in the fall. Tuition for the week is $350. Limited financial assistance is available.

Applications are reviewed by CLC to determine acceptance.

Questions? Please contact Andrew Singer, Senior Program Coordinator, or (216) 456-8005.