Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Posted by Up with People on June 26, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

As Pride month comes to an end, we reflect on the 50 years since the first Pride celebration and what it means to so many. For those unfamiliar with Pride, every summer during the month of June in the United States, the LGBTQ+ communities come together for a month-long celebration of love, diversity, and acceptance. June became Pride Month to commemorate the protest by members of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969. This event was pivotal for the gay liberation movement in the U.S. …

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Posted by Up with People on June 19, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Up with People sends warm wishes to all in our community who celebrate Juneteenth today. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth, but the day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day. Learn a little more about Juneteenth, its history, and significance here. Denver, Colorado, the headquarters of UWP, has one of the largest and longest-running Juneteenth festivals in the country, welcoming everyone with music, food, awards and fun. However this year, because of Covid-19, the festival has gone virtual with music, panels, a …

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Group Discussion Guide on George Floyd and the Following Protests

Posted by Up with People on June 12, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

While this conversation was designed for Up with People’s Cast A 2020 to have a shared reflection on the events of the last few weeks, we wanted to make it available to all of us who are seeking to listen, learn, and talk about the racial challenges we’re facing. Many Up with People alumni groups have been actively meeting during this global pandemic, and we’re hoping this discussion resource can be used by alumni casts, community groups, and others wanting to engage in a respectful dialogue on this topic. We also understand that this guide isn’t perfect, so please feel …

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A Few Words of Condolence to the Floyd Family

Posted by Up with People on June 10, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

In the wake of the deeply moving Memorial Service for George Floyd, our staff wanted to share a few words from the heart to the Floyd family during these incredibly difficult times. To the family of George Floyd: The entire staff and Board of Directors of Up with People sends our deepest condolences to you for the tragic and untimely death of your beloved George. We will never forget the name George Floyd and the inspiration he has provided in the worldwide movement to stop racism. It is difficult to measure the impact he had on the many lives he …

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A message from Up with People during these difficult times

Posted by Up with People on June 1, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Up with People extends its heart and condolences to the Floyd family, the City of Minneapolis, and all people throughout the world who are suffering due to the events of the past week. In previous times, this organization has chosen not to comment on current affairs – particularly highly charged or divisive issues. That season has passed. Today, we state without reservation our opposition to racism in all its forms; particularly those embedded in the very systems that our societies rely on for people to function and flourish because they serve to protect the advantage of some while maintaining the …

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Heart & Home: UWP Songwriters Tribute

Posted by Up with People on May 11, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

We are excited and honored to announce that many incredible Up with People songwriters have come together for a day of music in honor of every health hero, essential worker, and those directly affected by COVID-19. Join Up with People and this amazing group of individuals for a 90-minute international music special, Heart & Home airing LIVE from the Up with People Facebook page on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM (MDT). Generations of international songwriters will collaborate to say ‘Thank You’ to those on the frontlines of the global pandemic. Embracing the Up with People organization’s continued commitment …

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Join Up with People for #GivingTuesdayNow

Posted by Up with People on April 28, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

These past four months have been difficult to find words for. With challenges to overcome but also many things to celebrate, all of us at Up with People have found ourselves coming back to gratitude.   As we re-imagine the future of Up with People, we invite each and every one of you to join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 during Up with People’s participation in #GivingTuesdayNow which will be celebrated as A Day of Gratitude!     Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in a Global Day of Giving and Unity     #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place as an emergency response to the unprecedented …

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Up with People Cast Virtually Connects with Students from Hopi Nation

Posted by Up with People on April 13, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

  The cast of the Up with People Spring 2020 tour may have all headed home early, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t continuing to stay connected! From sharing their #IWillShareHope videos on social media to having multiple calls throughout the week with one another, the cast of young international global citizens are constantly finding ways to keep hope alive. This week, Up with People travelers from Europe, Bermuda, and the United States had the chance to speak with students from the Hopi Nation about their culture and experience. Prior to the Spring 2020 tour ending, the cast had an …

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Up with People – Staying Connected Through Social Media

Posted by Up with People on March 30, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

These last few weeks have truly been about processing and trying to adapt to the drastic changes of what our daily lives now look like.  Yet despite the darkness, we have been so happy to see so many people shining their light to keep hope alive on social media! Up with People wants to unite everyone during this time and to continue growing our community to those who need a little extra hope. Join us for ways to stay virtually connected through: #IWillShareHope Challenges!  Be a part of a growing community of individuals who are expressing themselves and sharing hope …

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Up with People Welcomes Vernon C. Grigg III as New President & CEO

Posted by Up with People on February 17, 2020 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Vernon C. Grigg III, President & CEO of Up with People Up with People is pleased to announce the appointment of Vernon C. Grigg III as its President and CEO. Under Grigg’s leadership, Up with People will expand its mission of promoting inclusiveness and dialogue by spreading the values of equity, respect, and understanding, and the importance of diversity around the world.      With his lifelong commitment to service, equality, and social justice, Vernon Grigg was the clear choice as the next Up with People CEO.  From humble beginnings moving from one military base to another, Grigg’s public-school teacher parents instilled …

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