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Foster Grandparents Continue Reaching New Heights

Our Foster Grandparents celebrated the 108th birthday of UPO’s oldest volunteer, Virginia McLaurin!

Grandma McLaurin became an international sensation when she danced with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, a few weeks before she turned 107!

This year she celebrated 108 years with her fellow Foster Grandparents, cake, balloons, and […]

March 20, 2017|0 Comments

UPO Participates in Read Across America Day

We participated in Read Across America day at many of our early learning centers. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program, started by the National Education Association.

March 2, the birthday of cherished children’s author Dr. Seuss, is set aside as a day to celebrate reading and encourage young readers to make […]

March 3, 2017|0 Comments

Seasons Change, Needs Remain

The weather has felt like April in February but the city’s homeless population still needs our help. Despite the relatively mild winter to-date UPO’s Shelter Hotline has been busy helping the homeless, during the numerous Hypothermia Alerts. Also, these record warm temperatures are reason to expect a searing hot summer!

As the seasons officially change, we […]

February 28, 2017|0 Comments

P.O.W.E.R. Students Participate in Capitol Hill Showcase

Students from our Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness (P.O.W.E.R.) program participated in a #STEAMfair on Capitol Hill! Leading up to the event, students attended an HTML coding class with the After-School All-Stars program. The showcase was an opportunity for the students to share their work with members of Congress, staffers and other elected officials.

Students from […]

February 16, 2017|0 Comments

Thank You for Supporting UPO’s 33rd Annual MLK, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Thank you for supporting and attending our 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast! The event was “re-envisioned,re-engineered and re-energized!”
We were delighted to spend our Saturday morning celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, promoting higher education for DC high school students, and thanking longtime UPO supporters and sponsors. The Howard Theatre was filled with […]

January 23, 2017|0 Comments

Hats Off! Customer Graduation Spotlight!

This week we celebrate 2016’s final graduating classes from our Culinary Arts and our Hospitality & Tourism Programs!! This batch of graduates is ready for a fresh start in 2017 with new skills and certifications to move to employment!

The Culinary Arts graduates have learned about proper preparation, storage, and serving techniques for different food types. […]

December 27, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Kim! She Moved to Employment!

“They don’t just work with your child who’s in the program…UPO helps and works with your whole family.”

Kim Holsey is the mother of a bright and energetic 9th grader. During 7th grade, her daughter Takia came home from Hart Middle School raving about an enrichment program called P.O.W.E.R that met weekly at her school! Kim […]

December 14, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Tanika! She Moved to Employment!

Tanika DePena came to UPO as a young mother looking for a fresh start. She wanted to move from low-paying, inconsistent work to a job with a career path and advancement! Having a love for cooking, a friend told her about UPO’s Culinary Arts training program and she quickly enrolled! She never imagined that she […]

December 6, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Myra! She Moved to Empowerment!

“If you have some time and you want to do something that makes you feel good, come to UPO! There’s so much that you can do!”

Myra Blackwell heard from friends and family that a local organization was doing good work in her Southeast, DC neighborhood. She decided to stop by one of UPO’s community service […]

November 22, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Ilsia! She Moved to Education!

“Joining the UPO family has made things easier. They share a lot of information and resources that I would have never known about.”

In the earlier part of the year, Ilsia Santamaria began looking for ways to become more involved in the education of her three young children. A friend told her that UPO’s Office of […]

November 16, 2016|0 Comments