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Unified Progress International (UPI) Education Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Youth Development

Mission: Making a difference, today: Unified… Working together, leaving no one behind, Progress… Advancing, evolving, pioneering, International…Culturally and ethnically diverse, Education…Facilitating, training, improving. Our Core Purpose To prepare our youth & teens for living successfully in the world. OUR MISSION Improving and sustaining a healthy global community through the advancement of Life Skills Solutions™ and a culture of human kindness. OUR VISION To ensure that every young person has the opportunity to “Unleash the Power Inside” themselves and become self-assured, educated citizens and successful role models for their peers and future generations of our global community. Why UPI? Our youths success stories are their legacies. UPI Education Middle School DiversityOur Life Skill Solutions™ Training is gifting youths with tools they need to be successful by: • Equipping students with Life Skill Solutions™ — helping them to attain higher grades and awaken their intellectual and creative abilities to the fullest extent. • Teaching students how to maintain and develop self-control, self-motivation, self-reliance, and how to better understand not only the value of a good education but the value of being a good citizen of the world. • Providing students with a practical understanding of responsibility and accountability, including financial literacy and how together these yield self-empowerment. • Enabling students to understand that their responsibility is to compete and excel academically, technically, athletically, in the arts, sciences, and on every level – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. • Providing students with UPI Education’s unique “Summer Camp,” where in addition to the UPI Education life skills curriculum, we expose them to music, art, aviation, boating and sports. • Providing school teachers/administrators, parents/guardians, and youth mentors with Life Skill Solutions™ training that will help to improve their teaching and nurturing ability and communication skills i.e “Train the Trainer”. • Providing customized seminars and workshops for colleges/universities, companies and organizations i.e. “Professional Development”  UPI serves all children and youth especially the underprivileged whom without UPI may never be directed in introspection/understanding of self, leadership, STEAM, higher education, career paths, or extra-curricular school activities. Today's Youth are Tomorrow's parents. Read More: http://upieducation.org/about-us/

Results:  Has the highest GuideStar Rating - that of Platinum 2017.  Along with UPI Verified Partners provide community programming which impacts 800+ individuals annually.  UPI utilizes donations and 'in-kind' resources, including 15 UPI Verified Partnerships in offering viable services to the public.  Has trained more than 30 adults as certified UPI Facilitators - in providing UPI Life Skills Solutions™ training programs for school students, teachers, parents, community centers and UPI summer camps.  Selected by Arizona State Representative Mark Anderson, to help create State House Bill #HR2743 requiring Life Skills training for all Arizona public school students 2006.  2006 UPI became an Arizona Department of Education 'Preferred Provider' with approval to provide UPI Life Skills Solutions™ training within Arizona Public and Chartered Schools.  Began youth programming activities with South Phoenix Youth Center (SPYC) 2010. Providing the City of Phoenix community and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation with 'FREE' UPI Training Services re. Life Skills Solutions™ training, parenting seminars, cultural plays and Summer Leadership Camps for youth and families.  Partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) providing mentorship and UPI Life Skills Solutions™ training at the Steve Harvey Foundation’s Annual Youth Development program, for African-American boys and their single Mom's from cities across America 2010.  Partnered with City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation (i.e. South Phoenix Youth Center, Harmon Park Community Center, Harmon Park Library and Camp Colley) in providing (FREE) Summer Leadership Camps for 50 under-served area Teens (14-17 years of age, male/female, African-American, Latino and White, 'Free-Lunch School' recipients) 2014 and 2015.  Is one of two Recipients of the Arizona Department of Education, Character Education Specialty Plate Fund Grant 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Has received 2015, 2016 and 2017 'Top Rated Nonprofit Award' as awarded by Great Nonprofits.  During the Summer of 2017 (with two UPI Partners, KomputerEd Tools and Linking Sports & Communities) we conducted two (2) STEM Summer Camp programs. One for 116 students (grades 2-11) conducted at ASU Lattie Coor Building and another for 12 teens at the Golden Gate Community Center. Sponsors included State Farm, The Arizona Community Foundation, The Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation, Arizona State, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, PepsiCo, Intel, SRP, On Semi-Conductor, American Public Works Association Diversity Committee, B Sweets Catering and The Safe Haven Foundation.

Target demographics: our children and youth develop skills to improve their future prospects

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 125 children and students.

Geographic areas served: a national capacity, with intention to expand globally,

Programs: Life Skills Solutions™

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Yorick Hempstead

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My experience has been very good with the UPI organization. They are responsive and strategic with serving the education needs of the community, most importantly the needs of children. I look forward to doing great things for under-served children with UPI in the not to distant future and beyond.

Advisor

Rating: 5

UPI does a fantastic job of preparing elementary school students for not only the rigors of higher learning, but also for thriving in life after school. Frank Crump is an experienced leader who is committed to ensuring that all kids have a fair chance to succeed and excel in school.

Patrice R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to have the opportunity to serve the community under the auspices of UPI. UPI Education has brought about a no-nonsense approach to education in our community. Our children have a practical approach to learn about themselves and their family and how to be a successful citizen and powerful member of our society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am excited about the lives that UPI is touching. As a team member, I couldn't be more proud. Our youth are our future and we must be involved with them. Thanks Frank for your vision.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has been one of the best to have ever happened to me! The staff and leadership is out of this world and they provided so many resources.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great program that's helping a lot of kids! The focus of the program directly addresses the practical needs of the population it serves.

Advisor

Rating: 5

UPI is a vital non-profit for education that is working to better the educational system as whole in regard to engaging programming, dynamic teacher training, and progressive public policy approaches to improve educational outcomes and effectively measure student success!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UPI is a great organization aimed at supporting youth and the community. The Life skills training has help improve the lives of many of the participants of the program. Frank Crump and Team are doing a great job!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I served as a facilitator for the U PI curriculum at Create Academy Charter School. It was loved by staff and stufents alike. The impact on the students was nothing short of phenomenal

Board Member

Rating: 5

The summer camp that UPI hosted for young men is one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen. It was amazing to see how the staff worked with these young men and it was even more amazing to experience the before and after transition of each of the participants.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Has been an absolute pleasure from Frank Crump the founder two other board members the ideas and the motivation is something that others could learn from this is an honest dedicated group that has a vision to help everyone and not pad their own pockets it's refreshing to see a true non-profit

Volunteer

Rating: 5

UPI is a tremendous organization that has and will continue to make a positive impact to communities and the world. Frank crump is assembled great people that are determined to make a positive impact to mankind.

a1wynn

Advisor

Rating: 5

To care means more than just giving, it means to be a part of, to participate, mentor and to be a witness to the achievement. There are many a group out and about that lay claim to doing great things in and about our communities, but for many its for the glory and the fame. Unified Progress International (UPI) Education Inc. reflects the ideal and vision created by its founder, Mr. Frank Crump and implemented by its members to accomplish what others say, but come up short. UPI is all about those young students who seem to be lost in the shadows of our vast secondary school systems across the country, city by city and state by state, and are presumed be reckless, negligent and ill responsible, a failure to themselves and the society at lodge, not worth the effort to save. Mentality among educators, administrators, society and critics of the same need to look beyond the walls of the brick and mortar and engage with organizations like UPI to identify those students most vulnerable and to work together to bring them back into the light with an anew self esteem to learn, lead and set new examples of what it means to be successful when someone else took the time to care. UPI, not just another non-profit organization looking for the glory and the fame. United Progress International (IPI) Inc., my organization, engineering new roads to success for our youths.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have served as a member of the Unified Progress International Education, Inc. (UPI) Advisory Board for several years, and in those years, I have watched UPI grow and transform itself into an organization always reaching for the top of the spear, always looking to improve its goals and mission in serving the needs of schools, parents and communities where students at risk are coached, nurtured and taught life skills necessary to keep them focused on the goal of education, citizenship and success. UPI is not just another name supporting the same institutional principles of the day. It is unique and stand apart from the herd.

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Frank51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work with Mr. Frank Crump and members of his staff the past few years and I can come up with one word that summarizes the vision, mission, objectives, strategy, and programs for UPI Education Inc. "GREAT!"

I am going to zero in on the programs because this is were many companies large and smart, for-profit, and not-for-profit fail to execute their strategy.

It starts with Mr. Frank Crump the president and Founder whose character is reflected in programs that are:

Unified… Working together, leaving no one behind
Progress… Advancing, evolving, pioneering
International… Culturally and ethnically diverse
Education… Facilitating, training, improving

I am a product of Frank's innate ability to educate, inspire, and enlighten "at-risk" youth to strive for greatness. For 22 year, I worked in New Haven, CT and Atlanta, GA, with kids who were once labeled "at-risk", whom are now leaders in their communities.

The Life Skill Solutions™ training program targeting "at-risk" youth does teaches the skills that prepare America’s youth to live as successful citizens; maintaining respect for others including respect for school, college,the workplace and the laws of our society.

The teachers embrace the fact "Great leaders are great teachers." The student see and feel the passion of the instructors as the encourage them to be Great!

Professor Dr. Frank Lee Harper, Jr.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over 50 years ago, while at a playground in New Haven, CT, I was a youngster being bullied by a bigger and old person. Out of nowhere emerged a gentleman who unbeknownst to us both would do something that left a lasting impression. You see all we knew about each other is that we had the same first name, "Frank" Big Frank was older and his basketball prowess and scholastic abilities would earn him the distinction of basketball legend.

What Big Frank did in a community park full of people is show that he is the type of person who will not stand by and watch unfairness. No one had to tell him to make a difference he took it upon himself to. For those of you are anticipating what he did he simply punched the bully in the eye. He was a young man of few words but had the courage to do whatever it took.

The act changed my life because it contributed to my growth. Frank brings this same tenacity to UPI.

UPU under the direction of Mr. Frank Crump continues to make a difference is people's lives.

Greatness is not about a tactical sense of execution. Greatness requires having a vision that goes beyond oneself and even beyond the organization. That being said. This is a GREAT program because it is driven by Mr. Frank Crump who has the unique ability to inspire everyone he comes in contact with to make a difference in someone life.

After all he has been doing it for over 50 years!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure that I have watched and followed the 10-12 year growth, dedication and persistency of UPI Foundation & Its' President Mr. Frank Crump....
Who continues to indentify more communities in need of valuable resources, support personnel and new relationships: not commonly known or thought about, in many of America's cities-- or middle class groups.

Congradulations, and my hats off , to UPI and its' board members for another outstanding year. As we at The Small Business & Retirement Plans Foundation look forward to collaborating and partnering with UPI on more educational trainings & work-shops in 2017.

Sincerely

Christopher Hawk
President
Small Business & Retirement Plans
Culver City, CA
USA

Sharon203

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have such pride being on the Board of Directors of such an outstanding organization.
Our President, Frank Crump and his team have created a powerful and much needed organization at the right time of our nation's history JUST for our youth who are starving to learn that it's OK to Hope and now there is Guidance finally which can be trusted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms. Dickerson has a future leadership group of 8th grade girls. She contacted UPI wanting some who could speak to her group, Ms Hill agreed. Feedback: student 1; " I really enjoyed Ms Hills session inspiring us." Student 2; She has a strong personality, but I feel like that was helpful showing us that we need to be independent in life." Student 3; Ms Hill was excellent, but I would have liked more time. Ms Dickerson, "They really appreciated the Goal setting and real life stories to help them prepare for high school." "We look forward to working with you again."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

UPI is saving our youth in the school system by training teachers to get related to students in a way that increases student attendance, engagement and responsibility. These students demonstrate an eagerness to learn and even take what they learn into their home life. This program builds character and provides a perspective for students that stimulates their desire to learn and improve their grades. This is a great program for schools that want their students to take responsibility for themselves and become positive productive adults in our community..

Advisor

Rating: 5

Working with a dynamic non-profit focused on increasing the success of all youth, and especially youth of color. Providing accredited and recognized life-skills curriculum, leadership development, an and community resources to improve opportunities.

Advisor

Rating: 5

UPI provides many great opportunities for youth in local communities. I'm thrilled to have worked with them in the past and continue to do so in the future.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Far exceeding my expectations of not only non-profits, NGOs or faith based youth education and community agency initiatives, is the awesome work of Unified Progress International! We have done so much with so little, and we have just begun to serve!

Having labored in city and state government social services and behavioral health programs and servicing the needs of thousands of Arizonan citizens for over three decades, meeting and working with my good friend and tireless advocate for the most vulnerable of our society; UPI Founder, Frank Crump is unparalleled!

We began with a simple but comprehensive Life Skills Curriculum at several key schools in the valley back in 2013 and by the end of summer, 2015, we had implemented two full summers of the Teen Leadership Academy at Harmon Park and the South Phoenix Youth centers, with extended facilitator trainings to more than two dozen educators and engaged 10 local youth & teen service provider(s) and partnership organizations in a spectacular process designed to reach and teach 'Disconnected & Underserved' teens in the most challenging metropolitan areas of the city of Phoenix.

Exceeding expectations moreover, because the lion's share of our support has been from the energy, dedication and personal resources of professional and lay volunteers. People who have heard the clarion call, to build the village, that everyone talks about!

So in addition to the launching of highly effective pilot programs, UPI has fostered the kind of inclusiveness that draws empowerment from, and encourages diverse perspectives to provide high quality, consistent and productive leadership in a community of children living with increasingly disparaging circumstances.

During the 2016 summer, UPI launched one of the most requested popular teen sports; "Up On Game BOXING" which has captured the imagination of neighborhood folks and become a social media thrill for all ages! So, with the full and ample support of one of UPI's most significant partners; the city of Phoenix parks and Recreation Department we are all anxiously looking forward to Summer Teen leadership Academy 2017!