The Elevation Project is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that is transforming new generations of youth into globally minded thinkers and community leaders through experiential learning and community service.

Colorado students research and develop new ideas to better their own local communities, while learning the importance of how to make eco-friendly and sustainable choices for their future. As globalization continues to break down the barriers between individual economies, political systems and cultures, we are faced with an ever increasing need for strong leaders with a passion for change worldwide.

The Elevation Project (TEP) is a curriculum based education that focuses on Environment, Community and Culture through hands on volunteer work. Students get involved locally during the school year and internationally in the summer as they work on unique service projects, strengthening the communities they are in. Continued investment in the organization will ensure the education of the world’s future global leaders.

compassion. equality.

That's what we're about. 

Maria Ragusa

The Elevation Project is the culmination of my personal experiences in community service, travel, and education during the years of earning my Masters in biology with a focus in conservation education. I’ve been fortunate to work with people and communities from all over the world. These experiences are the driving force behind TEP and I am proud to bring service learning to the emerging young leaders of Colorado. I love eating new foods, singing karaoke, rock climbing, and spending time outdoors as much as possible!

Founding Board Member and
Volunteer: Lori Belloir

Bringing this organization to life has been such a passion project for both Maria and I, and has made great use of my unique background. I work with a local Denver company as the Director of Designer and Communications by day, but I spent many years in the non-profit sector, working at The Nature Conservancy in NH & CO, and The Society for the Protection of NH Forests. When I'm not pursuing creative endeavors or working with TEP, I love traveling, camping, cooking, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

OPEN! Board Position

TEP is seeking a candidate to fill an open board position. We are looking for someone who can champion our mission in order for us to grow and increase funding to develop our scholarship program. This person should have strong community relationships in order to increase TEP's funding opportunities. 

OPEN! Board Position

TEP is seeking a candidate to fill an open board position. This person will have experience in education, has served on a school board, is a teacher, or has other administrative and/or outreach experience within the school system.


OPEN! Board Position:

TEP is seeking a candidate to grow  our network of community outreach partners for student volunteer opportunities. This person will have experience with curriculum development in experiential learning, with a science degree or a background in environmental education. 

OPEN! Board Position:

TEP is seeking a candidate who has management experience. This person will be responsible for volunteer recruitment and
on-boarding, as well as developing our volunteer training program. 

Student Intern:
Emilee Burke

I have been involved with community service projects though girl scouts since the first grade. My first international experience was a trip to Costa Rica, where I worked to help restore the secondary rain forest. That trip sparked an interest in service learning in my own community. I want to spread the word of TEP through social media and get all high school students involved with this organization. I love to sing and dance, and spend free time with my friends.