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Phone: 503-284-1640
2203 Lloyd Center
Oregon 97232

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Target demographics: Youth ages 14 to 24 in the Portland area

Programs: Since 2003, SIU has been developing, evaluating, and implementing two innovative pilot programs, the Pre-Internship Program and the Internship Program, for high school students to make a strong connection between school, careers options, and work. The Pre-Internship Program is for high school freshman and sophomores to conduct online research for career options based on their individual interests and school transcript achievements. This program developed from the need for younger students to become involved with our organization before they are old enough for an internship. Students in this program are involved in career, college and scholarship learning activities, field trips to businesses and college campuses, speakers and discussion groups about relevant career issues, and financial management training workshops. These students will receive educational support throughout the school year through SIU. The Internship Program is for high school juniors to experience their chosen career fields firsthand and make connections for future employment. This innovative program has been very successful with the students and our business and institution partners. The minimum age for participation is sixteen, and the students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). The Internship Program gives students an opportunity to gain professionalism, accountability, and general job readiness. Students are required to submit an application along with their school transcript and participate in an interview process to be eligible for selection by the SIU Board of Directors. Students who go through this process gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. These students are eligible for career and education support until age 25. We have also developed a Career Achievement Program to assist first generation high school graduates in achieving their college and career goals.

Our mission is to provide youth with career knowledge, experiential learning, and continuous support to transform their futures.
We accomplish our mission by supporting high school students, and especially those of color and from lower socio-economic status, to achieve their education and career goals through participation in three youth workforce development programs. These programs follow best practice principals and include Career Club, the Pre-internship Program, the Internship Program, and the Career Achievement Mentoring Program.
100% Graduate High School

100% Attend College

35% Are Hired By Their Internship Site

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This is a greatly committed organization connecting students to business partners. If SIU had additional financial contributors and business partners there is no limit to its success. There needs to be more expansion to provide opportunities to the students on the waiting list... more »
Tell your story here and help others understand this charity This is a great organization that works with at-risk high school students. The summer program was focused on career exploration. We had great speakers and took lots of field trips to show the kids options and give them ideas... more »
Step It Up, Inc. provides a critical service to both its youth constituents and the business community that benefits from this interaction. By creating and encouraging tomorrow's leaders today, this organization forges a strong link between the present investment and future successes... more »
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