About Us

My Vision

Hi, I'm Melinda Mileon the Founder of Ethnic Uplift. I started this organization due to my life and the lives of my children. As a 1st Generation Cuban American growing up in the slums of New York City I was given an opportunity by an organization to spend (2) weeks each year with an Affluent family in Connecticut. That changed and opened up my life! 

Years later after my divorce as a new struggling  single parent, my son was also given an opportunity from an organization to go to a High School and College with Affluent people and that changed his life. 

I began to see a theme as I noticed that most of the others who never left those low-income neighborhoods ever developed the drive it took to even want to raise out of those situations because they never even got the opportunity! 

I went on to college and so did my children and now grandchildren. But, I never forgot those opportunities and wanted to  give others those opportunities also. See it's all about opportunities! I realized that my mother and father were given an opportunity when they left Cuba right before the Castro regime. 

So, I prayed about it and developed "Ethnic Uplift" an organization that strives to give people an opportunity in life and then to pay it forward as we learn to uplift each other all over the world!

Ready to get started!

Do you know a deserving youth that you feel deserves an opportunity to be uplifted? Well, we offer (3) programs that can help. 

1. Find and spencer a youth from your own area!

2. Donate to our "Inner-City Uplift program and your donations can help a deserving youth

3. You can organize a group of Volunteers or create a Youth Mission trip! 

We Can do it together!

Contact us as we if you would like to Donate, become a Mentor or A Member! 


Remember: 

"Individual commitment to a group effort that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." --Vince Lombardi

Our Founder

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OUR FOUNDER AND President

Melinda Mileon is a Ordained Minister who majored in Ancient Biblical History and Missiology.  Before that she also worked in social work as an Out Reach Counselor for many years. 

Our Executive Officers

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Kenneth Stable - Executive Treasurer

Kenneth Stable - Executive Treasurer

Kenneth Stable - Executive Treasurer

Kenneth  is a graduate of Crighton University and works as an executive in Finance.  He is a blessing to our Board and makes sure our finances are expertly used to benefit our mission.

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Lillian Cotto - Executive Secretary

Kenneth Stable - Executive Treasurer

Kenneth Stable - Executive Treasurer

Lillian is a Bilingual Spanish Teacher and comes from Puerto Rico. She has a heart of gold and loves helping everyone. She brings her expertise in how to deal with education issues for our youth. 

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Jerry Nwaki - Overseas Assistant Director

K.L.Lockett - Community Service Project Coordinator

K.L.Lockett - Community Service Project Coordinator

Jerry lives in the Netherlands but was born in Nigeria, and is an International Business. Jerry brings us his knowledge of working with Africa and understanding International Business.  

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K.L.Lockett - Community Service Project Coordinator

K.L.Lockett - Community Service Project Coordinator

K.L.Lockett - Community Service Project Coordinator

Mr. Lockett is a self-made man that has risen up in society and now works successfully in Real Estate Investing. He"s a real grassroots person who stays in touch with people in the inner-city as he loves giving back and helping others.