Unified Progress International Education Inc

UNLEASHING THE POWER INSIDE

aka UPI Education   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  https://upiloanfund.us

Mission

Our Core Purpose 1. To prepare youth & teens for living successfully in the world. 2. To ensure that people of color have fair access to capital. OUR MISSION 1. Improving and sustaining a healthy global community through the advancement of UPI Life Skills Solutions™ and a culture of human kindness. 2. Level the financial playing field allowing people of color to thrive. OUR VISION 1. 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. 2. To ensure that all people have viable access to capital for personal and business activities.

Notes from the nonprofit

1. UPI Education was founded in 2004 with a Life Skills Solutions(TM) curriculum taught as an accredited high school class and as an after-school program conducted by UPI trained volunteers. We expanded our life skills program to include a 6 and 8 week Leadership Summer Camp for male and female teens. We then established a camp for male youth of color i.e. My Brother's Keeper. We have sponsored community plays with community youth and adults as actors and during the summer of 2017 we provided a STEM Summer Camp in partnership for students (Ages 5-18) on the main campus of Arizona State University. We will continue to offer the above as we look to expand into Early Childhood/Wellness. 2. We have established the UPI LOAN FUND as a Division of UPI . The UPI Loan Fund will provide people of color with much needed access to capital at zero - low interest rates.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder, President, CEO

Mr. Frank Edward Crump

Main address

1301 East Washington Street, Suite 104

Phoenix, AZ 85034 USA

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EIN

31-1835495

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

UPI Education initially began in 2004 providing its Life Skills Solutions(TM) training program for middle, high school and college students. Likewise, we trained parents, teachers, mentors and caregivers to be better prepared in working with Gen X, Gen Z and today's children/youth. After 16 years of teaching Life Skills we realized that having life skills without access to capital is a no win situation. Thus, our work has expand to include the formation of the UPI Loan Fund, an African American led Community Development Loan Fund (CDLF) and Emerging Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), providing unbanked, under-banked, low/moderate income borrowers with a friendly alternative to predatory lenders. We include cloud-based Financial Wellness strategies to help borrowers achieve self-sufficiency as soon as possible.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

UPI Education Life Skills Solutions(TM) Training Curriculum for Ansonia Middle School

This project was a collaboration between the Ansonia Middle School of Ansonia, CT.; the Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club; the US Golf Association (USGA) and UPI Education. The USGA Mentoring Program evolves around the game of golf while the UPI Life Skills Solutions 12-week life skills curriculum training program served as the educational componet for this project.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

As Consultant, UPI established cohesion between Southside community members and local leadership by using a Temperament Sorter, entitled True Colors, that was designed to determine each participants, Awareness about personality types by color orientation and to validate the need and importance of respecting everyones input to the session. The shared acceptance and application of this technique set the stage for an effective Focus session that produced exciting and meaningful cross- generational dialogue. The primary Objective was to create structured activities that would lead to the recruitment of new members and potential leaders to share in this venerable process and to take ownership in improving some of the conditions of this impoverished community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The UPI Education "Train the Trainer” sessions engaged prospective UPI Facilitators in a series of workshops that exposed them to the overall UPI Mission, Curriculum and group development dynamics necessary to implement the UPI Life Skills Solutions™ program at local public and charter schools. Our goal was to maximize the experience and competence of each Trainee by increasing their general awareness about the gradual shifting in the social and public service paradigm from "Youth at Risk” to the new millennium paradigm of "Youth Development Continuum”. Where the ‘At Risk’ philosophy emphasizes a young person’s vulnerability to social deprivation i.e. Domestic & Gang Violence, Drug Abuse, Premature Sexual Involvement, Teen Pregnancy and Poverty-Criminal Habituation as ‘Human Deficits’ we recognize that all Young People possess latent ‘Human Assets’ that when nurtured and mentored through the individual and collective efforts of parents and caring adults, it provides opportunities for Youth & Teens to empower themselves.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers

Unified Progress International (UPI) Education effectively implemented a 20-week, Life Skill Solutions™ Character Education and Leadership Training program, for the entire 6th grade at Cloves Campbell Sr. Elementary School (Phoenix, AZ). Arizona State University partnered with UPI on this project providing video filming and editing expertise.
UPI facilitated five (5) classes of sixth graders combining for a total of 75 students {Approximately (15) students per class}. Class time consisted of forty-five (45) minutes for each normal school week; over a 20-week period during normal school hours.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

- UPI was invited by, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Washington office) and TV Host Steve Harvey, to provide a UPI Life Skills Solutions™ seminar for single Mothers during a 3-Day Steve Harvey "Minority Male and their Single Mom’s” Symposium, held on Steve Harvey’s ranch in Little Elm, TX.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adolescents

UPI will conduct a 5.5 week Summer Teen Leadership Camp in Partnership with Arizona State University; the Carver Museum of Phoenix; and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department i.e. (Project Brave) (Harmon Park Recreation Center) and (Camp Colley). Teens age, 13-18 and three generations of adults (ages 25-30, 40-50 and 55-70) participated.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents

We conducted a one-day seminar in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday and President Obama's call for action re. My Brother's Keeper. The seminar was free to the public and included poetry, readings from key speeches made by Dr. King and spiritual song selections as provided by a local choir.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adolescents

This 8 week summer camp was designed to teach leadership skills to male teens (14-18 years of age). The program was based upon 10 Principals of Leadership. UPI's U-Team members conducted the training along with prominent members from the community who provided TED-Talk like sessions relative to the related topic and their personal life and work experiences. The program culminated with a graduation ceremony for parents, family and friends co-sponsored by Maricopa Community Colleges.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adolescents

STEM education provides a unique opportunity for Arizona to tackle an unemployment problem that threatens the state's future economy viability. The Komputer Kids STEM Locomotion Summer Camp, held on six consecutive Saturdays from June 24 to August 5th, 2017, at the Arizona State University, Lattie F. Coor Hall in Tempe, Arizona, engaged, educated and excited 116 students (2nd-11th grades) about STEM careers. This camp differs from most, in that our students learn how to Design and Code, instead of just Drag and Drop. Our methodology focuses on teaching skills that enhance logic, critical thinking and problem solving, while teaching students to write basic computer programs from scratch. The workshops were hosted by three local nonprofits-- KomputerED Tools, UPI Education, and Linking Sports & Communities (LSC).

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Multiracial people

Pilot program - training senior managers from A New Leaf, Mesa Arizona. Training was designed to help the managers in their work with Foster youth.

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Great Nonprofits 2015

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Top-Rated Platinum 2017

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Top-Rated Platinum 2018

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Top-Rated Platinum 2019

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Affiliations & memberships

Vitalyst Health Foundation 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Character Education and Community Leadership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Partners and programs under the UPI Education umbrella account for approximately three to four thousand touches per year in providing services (life skills training, summer camps, STEM, lectures, etc

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Character Education and Community Leadership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Character Education and Community Leadership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Vision is to provide affordable loans in support of low/moderate income communities, especially African American and people of color. We look to transform Capitalism into Humanism. We provide a unique behavioral approach in providing loans and financial wellness services to underserved communities. Our aim is to land in expand within Arizona and grow nationally.

UPI's Strategies are:

1. Continue to improve training materials and methods of delivering quality programing - gaining increased national recognition and increased financial support.

2. Form Partnerships with Universities, Colleges, Corporations, Foundations and other organizations which allow for opportunities to expand program delivery and scalability.

3. Create a strategic Pipeline for students moving them from middle school to high school to college and careers.

4. Maintain a strategic database of UPI participants - creating an international family of graduates who come back and support UPI's growth and development.

UPI's current organizational capabilities which allow us to address and meet our goals consist of:

UPI MANAGEMENT and ADVISORS - A capable UPI Management team, Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Partners that has been cultivated over the past 17 years; consist of some of the best leadership minds, and skilled practitioners in the areas of finance, nonprofit, behavioral health, political science, business, social media, training, human resource development and faith-based categories, each sharing concern for the well-being and success of underserved communities.

UPI BOARD of DIRECTORS - Consist of a cross-sectional mixture of professionals dedicated to the success, growth and good governance of UPI.

UPI BOARD of ADVISORS (local and international members) - provide immediate advice and suggestions relative to their respective areas of expertise.

UPI LEGAL, ACCOUNTING and FINANCIAL REPRESENTATION - Insures compliance, professional advice and guidance.

Via our Life Skills Solutions(TM) training UPI has:

1. been a certified "Preferred Provider" of the Arizona Department of Education, enabling UPI to approvingly provide life skills training to school children attending Arizona public, private or charter schools.
2. trained more than 50 adult volunteers as certified UPI Facilitators capable of delivering UPI's Life Skills Solutions(TM) training programs.
3. become a Platinum member of Gold Star
4. conducted fundraising via the internationally acclaimed auction house i.e. CharityBuzz raising funds in support of UPI's programing cost.
5. partnered with Arizona State University (ASU); The University of Idaho, Maricopa Community Colleges; Rio Salado College; The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation; South Mountain Community Center of Phoenix; The Black Chamber of Commerce (Phoenix); The Urban League of Phoenix, The Tri-Caucus (Phoenix); Camp Colley (Prescott, Az) and 15 local or out of state nonprofits in Partnership working to provide programs for youth and teens.
6. was selected as a Top-Rated Nonprofit
7. Our training program has been taught in schools as an accredited class, after school program and summer camp programs.
It is our aim to continue to develop working relationships that maximize benefits to students, youth, adults and organizations.

The UPI Loan Fund has accomplished much in a short period of time as shown via our website https://upiloanfund.us

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In conducting recent UPI Train The Trainer Life Skills Solutions Training feedback indicated that we should expand the program from 2 days to 2 days given the depth of the training provided. As we begin the start-up of the UPI Interest Free Loan Fund feedback indicated that we should also consider the formation of a CDFI Fund (US Treasury).

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Unified Progress International Education Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Christian Smith

Thrift Drugs

Term: 2016 - 2020

FRANK CRUMP

UPI Education

MAXINE HILL

RETIRED - EDUCATOR

SHARON SIMPSON

CONSULTANT

MICHAEL TUCKER

CONSULTANT

STEWART COLGATE

CONSULTANT

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/29/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/15/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.