Up with People Jr., a performing arts day camp for children, ages 8-12, will be a
one-week, co-ed, day camp, June 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at a cost of
$200 at the Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix.
The non-profit Up with People Jr. brings together local students, ages 8-12,
to impact and inspire their community through education, community service,
the performing arts and summer camp fun. Campers gain a sense of social
responsibility, global awareness, confidence and purpose, as well as the
experience of and appreciation for working cooperatively as part of a diverse group.
A typical day in UWP Jr. is learning songs and dances from around the world
and exploring their origin, while getting to know more about themselves
through team-building activities and cross-cultural education.
The camp session ends with campers presenting a professionally produced
high-energy public performance, showcasing their talents, cultures and hopes
for the world. Designed to mirror the mission and message of the international
Up with People program, the Up With People Jr. show addresses topics such
as diversity, international awareness and personal identity.
The Phoenix program is headed by Up with People Jr. Site Director Paula Duncan
Kehoe, an alumna of Up with People. “We have the opportunity to teach children
to appreciate other cultures, to be leaders who can impact change and to have
empathy for all people,” said Kehoe. “I loved making the props for the performance
and made new friends. I want to do it again. It was so fun and I liked doing the
performance,” said Denrick, a former participant.
For more information about Up with People Jr., email Kehoe at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the website: www.UpwithPeopleJr.org.
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