Music and Mental Health: A Powerful Force For Social Change

Posted by Up with People on May 3, 2018

Music is, has been, and always will be a powerful social change agent. Music has long been used by movements seeking social change because it speaks to everyone. It’s the universal language that can inspire and be the voice that gets through even the thickest of walls. When problem solvers get together, music often plays a role in their strategic solutions. Music has the ability to expand our horizons and open our minds to new ideas. May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. The purpose of this social movement is to raise awareness and educate the public …

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Topics: Music That Matters, Music and Performance

MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Sofie from Sweden

Posted by Up with People on April 30, 2018

What are you excited for this semester? “I am most excited about all the connections we are going to make with so many different people from all around the world, and the positive impact we can have in the communities we visit.” What do you hope to learn this semester? “To learn to take things as they come. There are so many things in life that we can not control, and after this semester I hope that I have learned to accept that.”            How will you keep hope alive? “I will keep hope alive by always looking at the …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Why Travel Is Good For You

Posted by Up with People on April 26, 2018

Many of us spend our days between trips planning and daydreaming about the next great adventure. We look at pictures of interesting places online and wonder what great fun awaits us in faraway lands. But did you know that like vitamins, travel can actually be good for us? Up with People participants (who at the time of this writing are in the middle of an amazing week in Canún, Mexico) know this to be true. Anybody who has traveled outside his or her comfort zone can attest to the excitement that comes from being in a new environment. As research …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Meet the Cast Monday: Josh from Virginia, USA

Posted by Up with People on April 23, 2018

“Taking a year to see the world before I went out into it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wish every young adult who’s still searching for their passion could have the opportunity to travel and find what empowers them while making the world a happier place in the process.” How will you keep hope alive? “I’ll keep hope alive by being an image of what the future could be. It seems to me that a lot of people have lost faith in my generation, and I want to serve as an example of a young person that …

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Topics: "On The Road"

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