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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™

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with UPI Education for nine years. I have witnessed the organizations growth and development firsthand with awe and excitement. There are many youth development or life skills programs throughout the country (many of which serve their communities well) UPI's Life Skills Solutions(TM) training program is among the best and in time it's program value will be measured by the number of students who graduate from its course.