Keep Friendship Alive

Keep Friendship Alive & UP

 Please support UP, Keep Friendship Alive’s new middle school program!
Our mission is to help youth spark a movement to change the culture of alcohol and drug abuse in America. 

Keep Friendship Alive has impacted more than 120,000 college and high school students nationwide. Keep Friendship Alive is the story of Joe Upshaw's death from an accidental overdose while he was attending Ohio State in 2000. After losing her big brother, Erica Upshaw developed a one hour keynote presentation to help educate students on the importance of partying smart and looking out for friends. Erica is one of the nation's top college speakers and has visited over 150 colleges and high schools across the country.

Now Keep Friendship Alive is expanding and developing an innovative national substance abuse prevention program for middle schools called UP, led by college students. UP is the new approach to substance abuse prevention in middle schools. We are different because we integrate best practices with modern techniques, making our program relevant to students growing up in the digital age. Please visit for more detailed information.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us raise funds for UP’s cutting edge research, video series, and curriculum. The UP middle school program will pilot in Orange County and Los Angeles early next year.

Thank you for your support!



Keep Friendship Alive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization