Upswell LA Recap

Upswell impact: Youth Institute of Long Beach

Upswell impact: Youth Institute of Long Beach

/ By Tamieka Briscoe / It seems like just yesterday that we were rocking out on ukuleles and experiencing a whole new world with the help of virtual reality goggles. But it’s been nearly six months since we met in November 2018 for Upswell Los Angeles. We’ve caught up with some of our youngest, yet…

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Youth photographer makes mark on Upswell LA

Youth photographer makes mark on Upswell LA

/ By Kristina Gawrgy Campbell / For 18-year-old Michelle Serratos, being a part of Upswell LA was a motivational and educational experience. “It really touched me to hear the speaking about their work and I really learned something being there,” she said. Michelle was a young photographer-in-training hired to capture moments at the Upswell Leadership…

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Using I.T. to cut red tape to connect our kids

Using I.T. to cut red tape to connect our kids

/ By Tamieka Briscoe / Jessica Stern never identified as a “foster child” growing up—but at age ten, one week after her mother passed away of cancer, Stern and her seven siblings began living with foster families. According to Stern, while her family had “a whole lot of love,” they struggled in poverty, so much…

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Notes on the Upswell LA space design

Notes on the Upswell LA space design

/ By Jackie Brennan / During Upswell LA, and in the weeks since, we were glad to hear from more than a few people that the three-day gathering in Downtown LA didn’t look or feel exactly like a traditional conference. That was intentional—and we made a very deliberate effort to not bill it as a…

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Upswell Reflections: Amira Resnick

Upswell Reflections: Amira Resnick

In early November, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, has had about a month to let her Upswell LA experience sink in. Did Upswell encourage changemakers to take an honest, unvarnished look at where we can do better? Here are Amira’s thoughts. Q: What most surprised you about Upswell? AR: I was pleasantly surprised by the…

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Turnaround Arts: California – Empowering youth through the arts

Turnaround Arts: California – Empowering youth through the arts

/ By Tamieka Briscoe / One of the best and most memorable aspects of Upswell LA was undoubtedly the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center accompanied Grammy-winning band Named after Dr. Ellen Ochoa, esteemed veteran astronaut and the first Hispanic woman to serve as Director of the Johnson Space Center, the students are known as “soaring rockets” and…

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Upswell Reflections: Cassie Nguyen

Upswell Reflections: Cassie Nguyen

We first met Q: If you attended Upswell workshops, which did you like best, and why? CN: I liked all of the workshops I attended, but the best I guess was Five Steps to Greater Social Impact presented by Moves the Needle. I learned that Expose, Empathy, Exploration, Experimentation, and Evidence are the five “E’s”…

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