Over the past thirty-five years, I have spoken often of the need for a plan like UPI Education; the need for something to complement our traditional curriculum and instruction focus. Your insight, thoughtful organization, concepts, and the elements of your curriculum, coupled with the team concept, which combines the efforts of businesses, governments, educational bodies, and organizations, is masterful.
The life skills that were taught like conflict resolution, balancing a check book and career goals were tailored perfectly for freshmen. There were students who were showing up to the class who didn’t belong there. They heard about the program and wanted to be a part of it.
Professional, pleasant and did very well implementing teh UPI curriculum. They enjoyed the students’ reciprocated enthusiasm. The program was able to support academic while building the students’ character and forcing them to apply and develop thinking skills.
The outcomes you have reported demonstrate tremendous growth among UPI program participants, including higher grades, better attendance and, in many instances, academic honors and perfect attendance. These results are proof that the UPI pogram can benefit students in our public schools.
I support the implementation of their life-skills class at Wilbur Cross this fall. I believe the UPI program will help students gain valuable knowledge and abilities to improve academically and socially as teenagers.
The goals of the program complement our fundamental belief in New Haven, that a quality education involves more than preparing student to take standardized tests. Students who do not receive ‘parental home training’… will have a more difficult time succeeding in school.
The UPI curriculum will help our students develop greater self-esteem, appreciate family and become productive, contributing members of school and community life. The UPI program provides a valuable service and as previous data indicates enables students to improve grades, attendance, and discipline…
This program is extremely necessary for a segment of our population and good for all students. Students who experience this curriculum will become better citizens, develop proper attitudes and understand life issues.
The data indicated that the students in UPI program performed significantly better than their non participation counter parts. Participants in UPI program has a 23% improvement in attendance, an 85.7% improvement in personal development and life skills and a gradual improvement in grade point average, going from good to great.
I was asked to speak briefly to honor students in the Hillhouse-Wilbur Cross UPI program. I did so and was impressed with what I observed that evening. The UPI teachers all have stellar reputations in New Haven. Their dedication to the young people was apparent.
The recent and very unfortunate killing of that 16 year old student in Chicago makes one wonder what our school system and communities are doing to curb such violence; which is indicative of a lack of life skills for life.
We feel that the UPI Education life skills program could effectively compliment those said goals and objectives represented by several of our prominent clients, including local Boys & Girls Clubs, $H centers, National Police Athletic Leagues and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation affiliates.