The Uprising exists to empower an army of everyday superheroes to rise up and make a difference in the health and vitality of New York City.


She sits at the cubicle behind you. He serves you brunch. She laughs on the C train. He practices ukulele. We are all around – extraordinary New Yorkers making a habit of making a difference. What makes us extraordinary?

Like most superheroes, we know that strength is less about how much you can lift, and more about who you choose to lift up.

The Uprising has three programs to channel our audacious generosity into measurable results.


  • Level Up AcademyDay-long mini-camps for college-bound NYC Juniors and Seniors. NYC teens learn one-on-one with an Uprising mentor in a high-energy, creative, interactive setting where they develop skills in one of four focus areas: Personal Development, Creative Expression, Fitness, and Food/Nutrition.
  • SwarmsTransformative physical makeovers to improve the spaces where NYC teens live, learn, and play. Our Superhero army rallies together to enhance and upgrade physical spaces like schools, playgrounds, and community centers.
  • Uprising ConnectCurated volunteer opportunities to support meaningful projects around the City. The Uprising commits to ongoing projects with various organizations where our volunteers can make meaningful impacts on the diverse challenges facing NYC.
  • Crawl Stop Traffic
  • Swarm Group
  • Crawl Smiles
  • 52nd Snacks
  • Swarm – Seth
  • Crawl Capes
  • Swarm Heidi
  • Ali Meal
  • Swarm Sign
  • Ali Prep
  • Bar Crawl Stelly Kyle
  • Ali Snacks
  • Swarm Mel Tijuana
  • Crawl Group
  • Swarm Matt Hula


The Uprising was born in a gym. Or to be more accurate, The Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams at Mark Fisher Fitness. On a block in Hell’s Kitchen, New Yorkers of all shapes and sizes changed their lives by unlocking the secrets of health and hotness. But more importantly, they unlocked their own power to live their best lives. They invested in themselves and in their community. They became superheroes.



Your habits tell you who you are. We become what we DO. And at The Uprising, we believe that when you give – your time, your energy, your money – a crazy thing happens. Instead of having LESS, you actually have MORE. Unlock your superpower.


The Uprising is a registered 501(c)3 organization, so your donations are fully tax-deductible under IRS law.



Invest regularly in creating the change you want to see – and be. Monthly giving starts at just $10.



Make a habit of making a difference – volunteer regularly with our partner organizations all year.



Bring your head and your heart to a LevelUp Academy or SWARM – light a spark that will grow for years to come.


New York City is home to some of the most innovative, resourceful, and audacious organizations working to improve the quality of life for all of our residents. The Uprising is proud to partner with the following organizations.