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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

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

Target demographics: High School Students in the Portland area

Geographic areas served: The Greater Portland, Oregon area

Programs: Since 2003, Step It Up has been helping high school students to make a strong connection between school and career. We provide programing in the areas of entrepreneurship, career mentoring, and offer workshops in resume writing and career skills.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.