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Vision, Mission & Values

Since 1965, we have reached 1.1 BILLION people worldwide.

Not only do we serve our mission through the activities of our international touring casts, but many of Up with People’s 22,000+ alumni continue to make a positive difference in the world long after their tour has ended.

Our Stories


 
 
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My VOICES experiencehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD8NzwP0DFE
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Perhaps the best time of my lifeTraveling with Cast A 23 in Latin Americaby Jakob Schobloch (A 23)Premiere after the forced break of several years due to coronavirus: thirty young people traveled with UWP for three months last summer. One…
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“Open every door you possibly can”Interview with three German alumni from Cast A 23by Bettina Dommnich (B 93)A Sunday morning in March. Zoom meeting with Leni Weichardt, Nele Mohr and Jakob Schobloch. The three of them were part of Cast…
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“After the tour, one key memory always stays with me: the idea of igniting sparks within each other and the people we meet. We had the opportunity to catch up with Josiah Rogers, an UWP alum (Cast  B13 and A14),…
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“UWP showed me how unique perspective is as a Native woman and broadened my view of the world.” Up with People was an important part of my life. I didn’t have the same foundation as everyone else. I come from…
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“I’ve been profoundly impacted by Up with People, which exposed me to Deafness, Deaf Culture, and American Sign Language.” While the music was always a passion, everything changed when I met my first Deaf student during a performance at a…
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“Learning in real-time to understand different cultures, lifestyles, and life experiences was one of the most important parts of becoming a better leader and human being.” My story with Up with People was a growing experience that began as a…
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“UWP gave ordinary people extraordinary opportunities. It was an experience about connection with people: cast members, host families, communities, and the world. It was a transformational journey.” Originally from Australia, I joined Up with People as a rookie PR Rep…
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“UWP completely altered my life direction in the best way possible, singing and dancing around the world was my goal, but building relationships in the community had the biggest impact on me the most.” As an 18-year-old, I had never…
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“Attending UWP was a positive, transformative experience for me. I met people from diverse cultures, broadening my perspectives and gaining self-awareness.” I truly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and getting to learn about different cultures. My experience…