LinkedIn Says Companies Seeking Employees With Soft Skills

Posted by Up with People on November 14, 2018

According to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner the biggest skills gap isn’t what you might think. During the age of coding boot camps and a growing number of ways for technology to remove human interaction from the equation, it turns out the biggest skills gap has nothing to do with technology. In a recent article Jeff Weiner, who heads the world’s largest professional-networking site LinkedIn, explained, “the biggest skills gap in the United States is soft skills.” What most employers want, Weiner says, are written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills. These skills are increasingly hard to find in a …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider

Making The Most Of Winter – Daylight Saving Time

Posted by Up with People on November 8, 2018

The days are shortening and winter’s chill is taking hold in many places of the world. Winter is coming and with it the time has just changed for many. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer and winter months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates. According to many sources, DST saves energy too. Most areas in North America and Europe, and some areas in the Middle East, observe daylight saving time, while most areas of …

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Topics: Insider

It’s Up to Us

Posted by Up with People on October 30, 2018

Post from Up with People President & CEO Dale Penny Enough! It is time for action to build respect, civility, trust…and perhaps to find some common ground and unity. None of us should be proud of the way much of our society has become divided, disrespectful and even fearful of those “others” who may look, worship, believe, live or simply vote differently. Our social fabric seems to be stretched to the point of shredding and recent tragedies leave us grasping for answers.  Sadly, too many of those on whom we should depend for leadership are not helping find those answers. …

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Topics: Insider

Day of the Girl – Betsy Myers Guest Post

Posted by Up with People on October 11, 2018

Betsy Myers is currently the Founding Director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. A leadership expert, author and advocate, she is also speaking at conferences and workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. Her book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, continues to be the basis of her work as her experience spans the corporate, political and high education arena. As Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she focused the center’s teaching and research around …

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Building Global Connections That Last

Posted by Up with People on October 4, 2018

For over 52 years Up with People participants have been traveling around the globe fulfilling our mission. Through music and action, we empower young people to be positive agents of change for a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world. The people our participants travel with and meet while on the road can quickly become lifelong friends. We recently received an email from Jed Daly who traveled with Up with People 47 years ago. Jed recently received an unexpected message from a host family he stayed with while traveling abroad during his Up with People tour. Translated it reads: Hi Jed, …

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Topics: "On The Road", Insider

A Global Ecosystem

Posted by Up with People on September 27, 2018

Post from Up with People President & CEO Dale Penny: When I left Up with People in 1995, I worked with a national youth conservation service organization (The SCA) for 17 years. Our mission was to develop young environmental leaders through stewardship of the land. College interns and high school volunteers worked to preserve and restore public lands in backcountry and urban settings. What I came to understand was we weren’t simply conserving the land…we were really working to sustain the ecosystem of the places where we worked. An ecosystem is simply a community of mutually dependent parts — animals, …

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Topics: Insider, World Tour News

Language Learning And Travel

Posted by Up with People on July 20, 2018

Each semester participants of Up with People’s program meet for the first time in Denver, CO. These young people represent over 20 countries and come from places like Japan, China, Sweden, Mexico and the United States. Many of these travelers have spent years practicing their English speaking skills and come to Up with People to practice those skills in the real world for the first time. Many second language learners will tell you that the only way to truly learn a language is to travel and speak with people in the real world. This forces you out of your comfort …

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad, Insider, Study Abroad

Young People Unite for Positive Change: Up with People Youth Programs Growing at Record Pace!

Posted by Up with People on July 5, 2018

Excerpt from speech given by Up with People President & CEO Dale Penny for Up with People Jr. Campers, Parents & Staff: After the week we’ve had, the troubling scenes we’ve been watching on TV, and the divisive language that we’ve heard from too many people throughout the country, we sometimes need an affirmation that what unites us is stronger than what divides us. What you’re going to see this afternoon [at the Up with People Jr. Show] is that affirmation. We believe young people are the best voice we have to remind us that with intentionality and with respect …

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Topics: Insider, World Tour News

A Letter from the President & CEO

Posted by Dale Penny on June 20, 2018

Up with People President and CEO, Dale Penny, answers questions during a recent cast tour.   Dear Up with People friends, Sometimes I’m asked, “In a world with all the needs, the divisions, the violence and fear, why does Up with People exist?” What does a “musical program” have to add at a time like this? My response is those are exactly the reasons Up with People is more important today than it has ever been! When has it been more critical? Nelson Mandela once said, “It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who …

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Topics: Insider, Music That Matters

Father and Son Travel To Kosovo

Posted by Up with People on June 14, 2018

In many countries around the world Father’s Day is just around the corner. In honor of dads everywhere, we’ve interviewed Rodney, a proud father, who just had the chance to travel with his son, Ross, to Kosovo with Up with People’s Impact Program. Happy Father’s Day to everyone, no matter where or when you celebrate dad around the world! How was your trip to Kosovo? What were some highlights? “Kosovo was much an unknown destination. What most appealed to me was that it was not a tourist destination.  The only time I have heard of it was when my co-worker’s …

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