By Heather Collins
Culture and community will collide as more than 100 Up with People cast members come to Zionsville to help kick-off their fall tour and the Zionsville Community School’s “Strong in Every Way” campaign.
During the week of July 31, Up with People staff members arrived in Zionsville to begin recruiting host families, organizing community service projects and promoting the upcoming Up with People performances. The cast members will arrive in Zionsville the week of Aug. 28.
Up with People, a non-profit organization, helps to inspire young people to make a difference in the world through an immersive global education, service leadership and performing arts program. The cast members, ranging from 17 to 29 years old, participate in a six-month multi-continental tour.
During their stay, cast members will host a culture fair, schedule mini-performances and previews and provide community service. Their visit will culminate with two live performances at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center on Sept. 1 and 2.
The UWP cast members are from 16 states across the U.S. and more than 20 countries including Panama, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland and Bermuda.
The more than 21,000 Up with People alumni from 89 countries have visited 3,600 communities in 38 countries. Up with People have completed more than 3 million hours of community service to help more than 20 million people worldwide.
The Kiwanis Club of Zionsville started a promotional partnership with Up with People to help bring the cast members to Zionsville. The Up with People performances will help raise funds for the Zionsville Community School’s “Strong in Every Way Campaign.”
“The clear message of peace through cultural understanding conveyed through song and dance is a language everyone understands, and as an inclusive service club, Kiwanis Club of Zionsville welcomes all members who have a heart to serve youth,” said Pam Norman, senior director of corporate relations for Kiwanis International.
For information, visit upwithpeople.org.