Who We Are

 
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Mission

Step Up propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become
confident, college-bound, career-focused,
and ready to join the next generation of professional women.

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Vision

Step Up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

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Values

Step Up is a special place where we all propel the fulfillment of potential. We take pride in our core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our impact strategies.

Step Up Girls Are...

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urban high school students between the ages of 13-18

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often facing difficult family situations like poverty, violence, abuse, addiction, unemployment, homelessness and illness

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strong, resilent teenagers who dream of ending the cycle of poverty for their family, often by becoming the first in their family to attend college

"I’ve worked hard to get where I am, but I’m also aware of the advantages I’ve had that some young women don’t. When I donate my time or money to foster the potential of an ambitious teen girl, I feel good about her achievement. When one of the girls in Step Up ‘makes it,' it’s not just a success for her, it’s a success for me."

-- Step Up member

Step Up in 2 minutes

Our Partners

Luna
LUNA

A national sponsor, LUNA makes sure Step Up girls and women know that the've got our back bar.

KPMG
KPMG

A recipient of the 2014 Inspiration Award, KPMG has spent years helping Step Up inspire women to inspire girls.

Allstate
Allstate

Step Up is in good hands in Chicago, where Allstate's support helped launch the organization's benefit event, Shine & Dine.

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Emi-Jay

Founded by two teens, Emi-Jay ensured that Step Up teens were able to begin their own careers through impactful paid summer internships.

Our Leadership

Jenni Luke

Jenni Luke
CEO

Angela Elbert

Angela Elbert
Chair, National Board of Directors

Kaye Popofsky Kramer

Kaye Popofsky Kramer
Founder