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Preparing Students for the Economy of their Future

Elizabeth Roscoe, vice president and executive director of the Western Union Foundation Education is at the heart of The Western Union Foundation. We’ve proudly watched the positive impact of the education programs we support on the lives of young people around the globe. Their eagerness to learn and contribute to their families, communities and countries. Their growing confidence as they gain the skills needed for careers in the 21st century economy. The Foundation, with the cooperation of Western Union ...

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One Young World Scholarships

At Western Union, “moving money for better” also means supporting our employees to make the world a better place. Since 2015, we’ve sent some of WU’s top talent to the One Young World Summit to engage in addressing global challenges. Learn about how the experience inspired one delegate to utilize WU as an outlet to make a difference for refugee education with a crowdfunding project. Alongside WU employees, WU’s One Young World scholarships make it possible for other ...

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Supporting Refugees in Austria with Education & Employment Opportunities

According to government data, in the three years since the European refugee crisis began in the summer of 2015, more than 150,000 refugees have relocated to Austria, one of the main gateways to the European Union, and more than 70% of these refugees now live in Vienna, where most opportunities for education and work are located. In a city with a population of less than two million people, one in 15 is now a refugee. To help support the integration of refugees into their ...

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Connecting Immigrants to Meaningful Employment in the US

The following story, written by freelance writer Anita Hutner, shows how funding from the Western Union Foundation in support of Upwardly Global helped a new immigrant to the US find a job in his chosen field.  According to Upwardly Global, there are about two million skilled immigrants in the US who have permanent residency and the legal right to work, but are unemployed or significantly underemployed. These are professionals – engineers, doctors and others – whose credentials may not be recognized in ...

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Western Union Foundation WU Scholars Out to Change the World

Elizabeth Roscoe, VP/Executive Director, Western Union Foundation Education is essential to overcoming the barriers to financial inclusion around the world. At the Western Union Foundation, our mission is to connect people to the global economy through education that can equip people with the resources and tools they need to better their lives through improved job opportunities and increased earning potential. That was the goal when the Foundation launched our WU Scholars Program last year. The power of education gives ...

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WU Foundation Funds Local Youth Programs with Assist from Denver Nuggets

In a special Denver Nuggets halftime presentation, the Western Union Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Gold Crown Foundation, as part of its WU Assists promotion. Throughout the 2017-2018 season, the Western Union Foundation pledged to donate $10 for every assist made by a Nuggets player in a home game to the Gold Crown Foundation, which helps young people in our community become creative and confident leaders through enrichment and sports programs. “The Denver Nuggets have demonstrated commitment and teamwork this ...

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#TogetherWeSucceed for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a special day of recognition to celebrate the achievements of women and to highlight the fact that, despite major advancements, the fight for gender equality continues. At the Western Union Foundation, we know that gender equality flows from economic opportunity, and we believe that the surest pathway to economic opportunity is education. That’s why we work with NGOs around the world that teach women the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in ...

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Western Union Foundation Presents Nuggets “Court of Dreams” Experience

Denver West High School Basketball Teams recognized for commitment to their teams and studies This week, the Western Union Foundation presented the Denver Nuggets “Court of Dreams” experience, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play on the Nuggets game court at the Pepsi Center, to the boys and girls varsity basketball teams from Denver West High School in Denver. The team was selected by the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Foundation and featured a diverse group of students from six area DPS schools ...

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From Aleppo to Istanbul to Denver: “We had to get out for our children.”

For two years, a mother and her children huddled inside their dark home, only venturing out when it was absolutely necessary. And when they did, it was dangerous. Planes flew overhead, barrel bombs and missiles rained down, and snipers took shots from inside ruined buildings as those who were left scurried past the piles of rubble where homes, schools, offices and shops once stood. The following story, written for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) by freelance writer and IRC volunteer ...

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WU & WU Foundation Join WPDI for Uganda Visit

Western Union Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek, Chief Compliance Officer and WU Foundation Board Chair Jacqueline Molnar, and Western Union Chief of Staff to the CEO Nicole Vogrin, visited the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda in December to see firsthand the work of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), a Western Union Foundation beneficiary. The visit culminated in the graduation of WPDI’s first class of Trainers of Trainees (ToTs), who will become the leaders that bring WPDI’s ...

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