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Katalia’s Story

Katalia, whose name means “orchid,” is as unique and extraordinary as the flower she’s named after. Just 16 years old, Katalia is indeed blooming at New Life Children’s Center as a role model and peer leader for other young women in the program. She shares, “Being part of the ‘I Am Strong’ program makes me feel good because I know people are counting on me, and it makes me feel like I’ve grown up.”

Although Katalia admits to liking music and books, her eyes light up when she talks about her family, helping others and working with children. Although she experienced far too much tragedy and many difficult challenges in her childhood, Katalia is determined to become a registered nurse so she can be the kind of adult who helps others in their hardest moments.

“Before I came to New Life, I did drugs, was in and out of jail and boot camps, and grew up in the streets. Now I’m focused on my family, and I have learned new coping skills, so I won’t turn to drugs when life gets hard.”

Like the orchid, Katalia is learning to grow and thrive wherever she lives, especially when she is surrounded by life­giving and encouraging leaders like the staff at New Life, who guide her in the right direction, as well as her mother, a constant presence in her life.

For this young woman with a heart for serving others, her hope for other girls in similar circumstances is simple: “Strive to be someone significant, and be brave to dream big.”

Katalia’s story is true, but her name has been changed and a stock photo is being used to protect her identity. Each girl who shares her story is given the opportunity to choose her pseudonym. The girl featured here chose “Katalia” because it means orchid.

Upbring Hires First Principal of New Private School

Andre Berry brings 16 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator.

Upbring recently welcomed Andre Berry as principal of Upbring School of Arts and Sciences – Central Austin Campus. Mr. Berry brings 16 years’ experience in teaching, designing cutting-edge curricula, developing educators, and leading college – and career-ready campuses.

Dr. Andrew Benscoter, vice president of education and innovation at Upbring, said the nonprofit agency’s commitment to delivering an innovative, individualized learning experience for each child makes Berry the perfect leader of the new private school, which will start serving preschool students during the fall 2017 semester.

“Andre has a strong track record for teaching students who bring diverse learning and cultural needs to the classroom,” Benscoter said. “And he excels at incorporating technology-based tools into the learning experience that engage students and empower them to reach their potential.”

As a teacher at Elsik High School in Houston, Berry helped improve the school from last to first in district scores. He also achieved the highest advanced placement test participation rates out of 10 classrooms. Read More

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Upbring International Adoption Earns Hague Reaccreditation

If your family moved when you were a child, you probably remember the anxiousness associated with changing schools and meeting new friends. Imagine tackling all of that while also learning a new language and culture.

That is the reality for children served by Upbring International Adoption. We work hard to smooth the transition for these brave children and their forever, loving families. In fact, we recently earned
Hague reaccreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA).

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The Gift of Belonging
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The Gift of Belonging

This Christmas season at Upbring we’re sharing some of our favorite gifts — the kind that continue to be a blessing long after they’ve been received. From the gifts of home and comfort to health and education, we’ll share inspiring stories as our way of saying thank you to all of you who so faithfully and generously made these gifts possible.

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The Gift of Comfort
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The Gift of Comfort

This Christmas season at Upbring we’re sharing some of our favorite gifts — the kind that continue to be a blessing long after they’ve been received. From the gifts of home and comfort to health and education, we’ll share inspiring stories as our way of saying thank you to all of you who so faithfully and generously made these gifts possible.

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The Gift of Resilience
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The Gift of Resilience

This Christmas season at Upbring we’re sharing some of our favorite gifts — the kind that continue to be a blessing long after they’ve been received. From the gifts of home and comfort to health and education, we’ll share inspiring stories as our way of saying thank you to all of you who so faithfully and generously made these gifts possible.

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The Gift of Wonder
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The Gift of Wonder

This Christmas season at Upbring we’re sharing some of our favorite gifts — the kind that continue to be a blessing long after they’ve been received. From the gifts of home and comfort to health and education, we’ll share inspiring stories as our way of saying thank you to all of you who so faithfully and generously made these gifts possible.

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The Gift of Health
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The Gift of Health

This Christmas season at Upbring we’re sharing some of our favorite gifts — the kind that continue to be a blessing long after they’ve been received. From the gifts of home and comfort to health and education, we’ll share inspiring stories as our way of saying thank you to all of you who so faithfully and generously made these gifts possible.

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