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20 Jun, 2018   |   

A Letter from the President & CEO

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 make peace and build.” Up with People is more than a musical program. It is a global community – cast members, alumni, host families and supporters – acting on their ideals to make peace and build.


People of every nation and every culture yearn for a more hopeful and peaceful world. Too often, however, we see intolerance, hate, incivility and violence growing throughout the globe, and many have become fearful and suspicious of others. Genuine peace can only come from mutual respect, understanding and trust.

Our world needs leaders and citizens who radiate a sense of optimism, celebrate our shared values, respect our differences and act to build trust. For 53 years Up with People has been fostering those principles through music, social action and global learning. To build a healthy future we must stand up for our ideals.


We believe in our common humanity – Every person, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability or social standing deserves equal dignity, respect and justice. We seek to understand and appreciate our differences while focusing on shared values to build trust and a sense of community.

The world needs more hope – By promoting global understanding, fostering relationships across cultural boundaries and connecting with a multi-cultural world, we help break down walls of mistrust and create an optimistic and hopeful vision for the future.

Youth have the desire and power to change the world – The greatest long term impact will be made when young people become catalysts for change in their communities and world. Inspiring youth to find their voice and take action is our path for impacting all people.

We work through music and positive action to inspire and uplift – Through music and social action Up with People provides a platform for young people to express their ideas and beliefs, embrace and celebrate their individual cultures and heritage, understand their responsibilities to others and practice global citizenship.


We empower young people to be positive agents of change for a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world!



One Reply to “A Letter from the President & CEO”

  1. We are grandparents of Olivia Baldzicki a new cast member & parents of former member Amy Kehrberg (Halvorson) 1985 UWP and wondering if we can get a printout of this years tour? We want have friends all over and want to notify them if the group is in there area. We will be at the first one in Sioux Falls South Dakota.

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