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Asheville’s Mark Upright is changing the lives of young people as President and CEO of Eliada

Mark Upright was the President/CEO for Eliada Home and Foundation from 2002 to 2015.  During that time he introduced Western North Carolina's first Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children ages 6 to 18 years of age.  

He also developed the Eliada School of Trade Arts that provided Transitional Living and Career development for students aging out of the Foster Care system.

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Mark Upright  is a Board Member of NYPUM - The National Youth Program Using Minibikes.

NYPUM, since inception in 1969 has never strayed from its foundational philosophy of providing youth on the margin access to opportunities to succeed in their life. 

NYPUM is an adaptive program, meaning that it is something that can be adjusted for impacting different outcome expectations. While the core idea is to put kids together with a caring adult, a trail bike, and learn how to care for and safely ride in the outdoors; the purpose is to allow them to build self-esteem and self-discipline. They also discover that they can work together with others and often display leadership. The process of NYPUM programming creates that all at once.

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Parent Coordination

While divorce itself places children at risk for various psychological difficulties, research has shown that the strongest predictor of child maladjustment after divorce is exposure to high levels of inter-parental conflict, particularly when the conflict is hostile, aggressive, poorly resolved, and focused on issues pertaining to the children. In approximately 10% to 15% of families of divorce, such conflict continues at a high level for several years following the formal divorce decree, and it typically causes the children and the parents to suffer significant and prolonged psychological distress.

Parenting coordinators help parents by:

  • raising parents’ skill level in collaborative planning and decision making for their children

  • educating parents on co-parenting techniques and issues related to children growing up between two homes.

  • identifying sources of conflict between them and consider ways to address them

  • facilitating communication between the parents and between parents and others who relate to the children—e.g., grandparents, school personnel, and therapists

  • reducing chronic litigation (and preserve family resources) 

  • using mediation techniques to deal with specific issues

  • assisting the parents in compliance with court orders