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UPO 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Breakfast
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John L. Oberdorfer, J.D.

UPO Board Chair


Throughout his professional career, Mr. John Oberdorfer has established himself as an advocate for complex domestic and international disputes. He has received numerous awards from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, for work on a successful class-action civil rights case.  


With his personal time he is committed to supporting social services programs for the disadvantaged and has volunteered his time on UPO's Board of Directors since 2008. As the newly elected Board Chair, Mr. Oberdorfer is dedicated to creating empowering opportunities to support the growth of Washington, DC communities.  


He has also served UPO as the Board's Vice Chair,  and currently chairs the Development Committee and UPO Inspire Foundation.  





Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness
 According to an article written by the National High School Center at the American institutes for Research by Maggie Monrad,  "Each year almost one-third of public high school students fail to graduate from high school. The high school dropout problem is a crisis for the United States, in part because it impacts not only individuals and their education, but also because the economic and social costs are so dramatic."

    DC Youth Slam Team being interviewed by 2kNation and UPO Power participants

The P.O.W.E.R program tracks and supports the academic and socio-emotional development of Ward 8 students from middle school and high school to pursue higher education. Through engaging sessions and life skill lessons the P.O.W.E.R program prepares them with college, careers and lifelong success.


During the month of August students were busy broadcasting live  "2kNation" on WPFW 89.3 FM. Discussing topics relevant to youth and their families.    Click here to listen to past broadcasting.  Drop down Menu All Shows "2KNation"

Giving Youth the Encouragement to Move Forward  
SYIP White House Visit
SYIP attends President Obama's Summer Youth Professional Development Workshop at the White House
an internship is an excellent way to gain work experience for high school and college students.  After graduating and entering into a world of independence, the majority of individuals have no clue of the direction they want to take. According to
CollegeView  "most college students will change their major at least once before deciding their course of study". 


At the commencement of summer, the United Planning Organization developed a Summer Youth Internship Program that provided youth with job training and hands on experience in the work place, along with community service at custom-selected locations. Six participants have been offered permanent positions by the organizations with which they interned. " Program trainer and partner Daiquri Anderson states, "This program opened up windows of opportunity and growth for interns which empowered them to seek their career and life goals".


Partnerships includes Training Ground, Inc., The National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the Perry School. 

Providing Higher Education - Making it Possible for all Youth
"College costs have soared with the average tuition at a public four-year university, increasing more than 35 percent in the last five years and having more than doubled in the last two decades, after adjusting for inflation." stated  Tamara Draut, author of Strapped: Why America's 20 & 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead.
UPO has managed to lessen the financial gap for five DC residents again this year by awarding $10,000 scholarships to assist with their education expenses. Through fundraising and generous donations, the past five years UPO scholarship fund has raised over $600,000 providing 150 DC students  with their dreams of higher education. 
Since 1984 UPO has provided higher education opportunities to deserving DC residents.  Every year college tuition has raised, making it almost impossible for students especially low-income students to afford a college education. 
Scholarship Recipients

Click Here to Support our UPO Scholarships and attend our 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast!

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