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UPO Welcomes Bainum Family Foundation as New Partner

As part of its five-year, $10 million commitment to improve early childhood education across the District of Columbia, the Bainum Family Foundation has announced funding for six organizations that provide direct services in Wards 7 and 8 to families with infants and toddlers.

In collaboration with the Bainum Family Foundation, United Planning Organization’s Office of Early […]

March 15, 2016|0 Comments

UPO Celebrates Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. In celebration, United Planning Organization is featuring women who are pursuing opportunities in “nontraditional careers” and are enrolled in UPO’s Building Careers Academy (BCA). BCA offers hands-on skills training programs in construction, plumbing, telecommunications and electrical trades.

These women are pioneers. History-makers. Join us as our female innovators share personal testimonies […]

March 10, 2016|0 Comments

Student Receives Internship with Smithsonian Institute

Former P.O.W.E.R. student, Lakeisha Thompson, has received an internship with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD!

Lakeisha earned this internship by making the Dean’s List in her first year in college and by working as a Citizen Scientist in the P.O.W.E.R. STEM collaborative with Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) and SERC. This program allowed […]

March 4, 2016|0 Comments

Scholarship Recipient Receives Acceptance to Top College Choice

United Planning Organization is proud to congratulate Ashley Pitroipa on her acceptance to Florida A&M University!

Ashley is one of our 2015 Beavers Scholarship recipients, who listed FAMU on her list of dream schools. She is excited to become a Rattler this fall!!!

Since 1990, UPO’s Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship program awards five ambitious Washington, DC students […]

February 29, 2016|0 Comments

Middle School Students Win Regional Competition

A team of students from our P.O.W.E.R. program at Johnson Middle School won the regional competition in the Destination Imagination Tournament!

The students participated in a “Meme Challenge.” What’s a meme? Glad you asked! A meme behaves like a flu or a cold virus, traveling from person to person quickly, but instead of transmitting germs, it […]

February 29, 2016|0 Comments
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UPO Foster Grandparent Dances with the Obamas!!

“It’s everywhere!!!”

Have you seen it? It’s on CNN, Fox, CBS and we just received a call from CTVNews, Canada’s nightly news! They all want to talk to our very own Virginia McLaurin! Know the name? Now embarking on “international fame”, Ms. McLaurin is our oldest and one of our most dedicated Foster Grandparents who was […]

February 22, 2016|0 Comments

Fight Cold Feet This Winter

Many DC residents have been experiencing cold feet this season, so United Planning Organization is “Socking” it to Winter! UPO is collecting white tube socks to help the 6,000+ homeless men and women in the District of Columbia.

In addition to providing transportation services to DC’s homeless population, UPO’s Shelter Hotline also distributes comfort items such […]

February 2, 2016|0 Comments