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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

Meet Sydni! She Moved to Education!

“UPO’s STEM-based P.O.W.E.R. program helps bridge the gap between what you learn in high school and what you need to know for college.”

During her freshmen year of high school, Sydni Foshee made a friend who constantly raved about great weekend experiences through an enrichment program called P.O.W.E.R.! Sydni was eager to participate in this program […]

November 8, 2016|0 Comments

The Road from Southeast DC to the White House

We are delighted to announce Denise Turner Roth, DC native and President Barack Obama appointee, as the keynote speaker for our 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast! This “re-envisioned, re-engineered and re-energized” event continues to attract diverse audiences from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, honors the work of Dr. King and awards five […]

November 3, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Evan! He Moved to Employment!

“My life has changed and I’m in a better place overall to help my family and career.”

Evan Polk was enrolled in undergraduate studies at an out-of-state university but was forced to drop out in order to assist his mother with her medical needs. Once he returned home, to Washington, DC, he found employment in the […]

November 1, 2016|0 Comments

Employment Anniversary! UPO Customer Spotlight!

The path to self-sufficiency can be long and often requires more than attending a few training classes. Dedication and commitment are required for our customers to move from where they are to the next level of education, employment and empowerment!

We are delighted to celebrate the first work anniversary of three customers placed in jobs through […]

October 19, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Cheryl! She Moved to Employment!

“I’ll be my own boss. I’ll determine my own future. And, that’s what I’ve always wanted.”

Cheryl Jackson has worked as a District of Columbia Public School Teacher for over 20 years but had a growing interest in becoming a professional caterer! She shared this desire with many of her friends and family and felt that […]

October 12, 2016|0 Comments