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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Topics: Insider

WILDCARD WEDNESDAY: Host Family Connections

Posted by Up with People on June 6, 2018

Karin, from the Netherlands, has been an Up with People (UWP) host family since she was a baby. Her parents have hosted 13 students over the past 36 years. “We learned from them that it is okay to be yourself. They accept you for who you are,” said Karin. “They even helped with English homework.” She loved seeing the UWP show and learning about the cast members’ cultures. She remembers learning about Halloween and baking cookies with her host sisters. Years later, she wondered about UWP and looked at our website. She was surprised to find that a touring cast …

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Earth Day – 10 Ways To Embrace Our Home

Posted by Up with People on April 19, 2018

Every year, Earth Day–April 22nd–marks the beginning of the modern day environmental movement. In the United States, Earth Day’s seeds were planted in 1970 when large leaded gas guzzling cars and industry polluted the air, water and soil at an unprecedented level. The environment and the link between public health and pollution slowly began to seep into the public consciousness. The idea came from Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson who was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Inspired by young people who were making their voices heard in many political and social issues Nelson, along with conservation-minded Republican Congressman Denis Hayes …

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Topics: Insider, Music That Matters

Up with People’s Blog Goes Silent Today in Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by Up with People on April 12, 2018

Up with People’s weekly blog post goes silent today in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day in the United States. For more information on Holocaust Remembrance Day and its significance please visit – Why We Remember the Holocaust from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Photo Courtesy Of https://www.ushmm.org            

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How To Be An Amazing House Guest

Posted by Up with People on April 5, 2018

There are many times when you may stay in someone else’s home for the night.  It may be when you stay with family, friends, or with a host family during a study abroad or gap year program.  Being an amazing house guest will leave you and your host family with a great and memorable experience! How To Be An Amazing House Guest: Learn The House Rules.  It’s important to learn rules that they expect you to follow while staying in their house.  They may have curfews, quiet times, or other rules. Be respectful and follow them. Help Out. Offer to help …

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Topics: "On The Road", Insider

Make Your Voice Heard

Posted by Dale Penny on March 30, 2018

“The temptation to silence young people has always existed. There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible… There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive. Dear young people, you have it in you to shout. It is up to you not to keep quiet.”             – Pope Francis, St. Peter’s Square, Sunday Address, March 25, 2018 Up with People was born in the midst of the 1960’s, a time of turbulence and division when young people were raising their voices for social …

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Partnership with Purpose: Kiwanis International and Up with People

Posted by Up with People on October 23, 2017

Making the world a better place through empowering youth to become future leaders is at the core of what both Kiwanis International and Up with People do. So it’s a no-brainer that our organizations would form a close partnership.   The idea for a collaboration was planted in 2011 when we visited Lakeland, Florida, USA and a local Kiwanis Club President turned Florida Kiwanis District Governor noticed commonalities between our organizations. We finalized the partnership in 2014 and have been intertwined ever since! WHAT THE PARTNERSHIP LOOKS LIKE TODAY Everywhere our casts travel, the Kiwanis logo follows. You will see …

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Up with People Memories: A Night with Andrea Bocelli

Posted by Up with People on October 2, 2017

Up with People has been entertaining audiences around the world for more than 50 years, yet a recent performance with Andrea Bocelli will go down as one of the more memorable evenings in our history. Bocelli’s wife personally invited Up with People to perform at “Teatro del Silenzio,” his annual charity music festival at an outdoor amphitheater near his hometown in Italy. It was such a great display of what makes Up with People so special. A select cast of alumni gathered for a week of rehearsal in the US, jumped on a plane to Italy to perform in front …

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