May 7, 2013/01:25 PM

WakeUpdate: Thanks to You!

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After a smashing success of reaching our goal of 5,000 WakeUp participants for 2012, we are already off to an amazing start to 2013!!

Just since the New Year, the GenUp network has inspired and engaged over 1,500 young people, with over 43 WakeUps worldwide.

These are some highlights from what WakeUp facilitator across the country and world have made happen:

  • Denver UniversityDenver, CO   Charlotte Vetter organized and hosted a WakeUp facilitated by Joshua Gorman and Cherine Badawi with 50 of her peers.
  • Berkeley HighBerkeley, CA   Barbara Jefferson & Valerie Love presented a fast-paced 1-hour GenUp experience to 100 Berkley High Leadership students.
  • Auckland Girls Grammar SchoolAuckland, New Zealand   Sam Dyson & Nalini Singh facilitated a WakeUp for 25 students – they said it went great!
  • Students for a Just and Stable Future Conference - Boston, MA   Dan Jubilier led an innovative, interactive WakeUp to strengthen bonds between students and bring a unifying and empowering narrative to this climate justice conference.
  • St. Josephine’s AcademyDetroit, MI   Peg Downing, Cathy, and Mary Beth and Pauline led a WakeUp for 21 overwhelmingly enthusiastic high school students, 18 of whom are interested in learning how to facilitate.
  • Woolman SemesterBerkeley, CA  David Brostein, Joshua Gorman and Valerie Love led a highly interactive, one-day WakeUp experience delving in deeply with bright, committed young changemakers as part of an alternative high school program.
  • Agape Youth Revelation Conference – Los Angeles, CA  David Brostein, Destiny, Luis and Shireen led a powerful, spiritually vibrant WakeUp for Agape youth in Los Angeles. 
  • Portland State UniversityPortland, OR   Sara Ennis, Dan Mahle, Porter Eichenlaub, Jane Carr comprised an all-star team leading a WakeUp with 28 students and community members as the kick-off before a one-day WakeUp facilitator training.

Thank you to all of you who poured your heart and energy into these and many other successful WakeUp events. Please send stories and photos to so we can feature you in the next WakeUpdate!

If you have been wanting or waiting to host or lead a WakeUp, now is the time to plan a WakeUp for the summer or to kick off next school year! Email and we will support you in making it happen.

With Deep Gratitude and Love,

-Valerie, Joshua, Cherine, and the GenUp Team

PS: Listen to the heart-warming response from Jennifer Menesis after participating in the WakeUp Experience at Heart of Los Angeles


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