STEP IT UP INC

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Job Training

Location: 2203 Lloyd Center Portland OR 97232 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 100% Graduate High School 100% Attend College 35% Are Hired By Their Internship Site
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life watching my own daughter become an integral member of the board. I enjoy watching the students return to say thank you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be a full-time staff working on fundraising and building additional professional business mentorships

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Honesty, integrity and commitment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, able to work together, and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a considerable amount of students, develop its vision of additional programs, hire full time staff, and open another location to reach more students.

Ways to make it better...

there were more financial supporters to further the vision. I the budget were larger more student would be helped and I would enjoy seeing the vision expanded.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

additional funds for continued success and securing more professional business mentorships.

One thing I'd also say is that...

i really appreciate how SIU Inc. has made a difference in my daughters life. Thank you to the financial contributors we really appreciate all that you have done. We need more contributors like you and more business mentorships for our students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 to explore. Great time for the kids and me!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the summer program. The kids learned so much and left with purpose.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

responses from those involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

What Step It Up Inc. is doing is such important work in the world, and especially Portland. The statistics show that we are just not getting the high school completion rates we need for our kids. Diminished completion rates keep students from realizing their full long term potential, inhibit our ability to thrive as a competitive workforce, and fail to ensure the best possible future for our kids. Step It Up Inc is focused on creating an environment where students have an investment in completing high school by creating a line of sight to the satisfaction of doing so. Its success in retaining students, increasing the graduation rate, and growing them into young confident professionals speaks for itself. The work Linda McNeill and her team are doing here is astounding, and I'm so happy to be part of this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Speaking with involved students, and hearing the stories of how life changing their experiences were.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started in the SIU program once i begined high school till this day. I have been able to set goals for my self and achieve them. SIU has helped me be involve and believe in my self, knowing that there is someone out there that is whiling to help you and cares about your future is what has helped me. I would say SIU is like a family to me with out them I wouldnt be where im at. I have done an internship for an engeneering firm and am now a part-time employee in there accounting department and I am still in school. I thank SIU for all the help that they have provided for me they have made a diffrence in my life and i am sure they can make a diffrence in an other students life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life I am now a Part-time in an engineering program which i did an internship the summer of my junior year.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Spending time with them and learning new things.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be alot of help to helping us students achieving our goals and it would make a diffrence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I really have enjoyed my experience with Step It Up. Since I spent a day helping out at a college volunteer fair- I really learned a lot about their mission and where they come from as a company. The bottom line is they want kids to succeed; in school, life, and relationships with their community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting the community involved in educating and giving kids a brighter future

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the people involved- the kids and the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful. They really care about what they are doing in their community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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