Adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.

Get ready to work.

Step One helps you learn the skills you need to get back in the employment game. From resume writing to interview skills, we help you land the job. You will partner with an employment counselor, working alongside our employers to help find the best job for you.

Twice a month, we offer a FREE weeklong, Employment Training Workshop for anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 that is ready to start working. 

1. Show up Monday at 8:45 a.m. and stay until 4 p.m. each day of the week.

2. Learn skills needed to find a job and keep it, such as:

  • Networking

  • Resume writing

  • How to dress professionally

  • Interview preparation

3. Finish the week with a mock interview on Friday.

4. Work with your employment counselor to get a job. Join us for ENER-G to stay motivated in your job search. After you land the job, StepUp Connect will help you continue to learn the skills you need to be successful. 



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Build community.

In Step Two, adults learn more about budgeting, personal and relationship development, goal setting, and more. There is a community of support, including staff, volunteers, and other participants that inspires lasting change with the goal of long term stability.

1. Show up every Tuesday night from 5:45 until 8:15 p.m. for one year.

2. Eat dinner and fellowship with other StepUp participants, staff, and volunteers.

3. Earn incentives.

4. Take classes in budgeting, managing emotions, goal setting, conflict resolution.

5. Work with your staff case manager and co-partner, who serves as a mentor.

6. Celebrate your success at graduation!



Contact Cynthia Aytch



Grow and learn. 

Children (birth-16) are required to come with their parents, and young adults (16-21) can come if they are interested, whether or not their parents are involved in the program. They will receive similar training as the adults, on age appropriate levels. The program is designed to teach resiliency, promote school advocacy, and empower children to be their best. Bring your child(ren) with you on Tuesday nights, where they will:

1. Eat dinner and fellowship with other StepUp children, staff, and volunteers.

2. Play games and do fun, structured activities.

3. Get homework help, gain exposure to the arts and etiquette, and more!

4. Learn the same life skills as you, on age-appropriate levels.

5. Celebrate their success at graduation!



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Find your potential.

The Real World program is designed for young adults (ages 16-21). The free program focuses on four core areas: communication skills, post-secondary education, decision making skills, and professionalism skills. We want to create a safe place for you to experience the real world. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Show up on Tuesday nights from 5:45-8:15.

2. Build community over dinner.

3. Participate in an opening activity.

4. Set goals and work toward achieving them.

5. Learn in interactive and practical ways how to be a successful young adult.

6. Celebrate your success at graduation!



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Stay connected.

Step Three provides continued support in our network. As you improve communication skills and develop your career, we want you to be an ambassador. Tell others about your experience with us and help us recruit new participants.

Our Alumni Program seeks to maintain a relationship with StepUp Alumni to offer continued support. 

1. Show up on Thursday nights from 5:45 until 8:15 p.m. Bring your child(ren) with you for their own separate programming.

2. Eat dinner and fellowship with other StepUp alumni, staff, and volunteers.

3. Improve communication, leadership, and public speaking skills through membership in Toastmasters International.

4. Enhance and develop your career through free Wake Tech courses.

5. As an ambassador, mentor new alumni, share your experience, and help recruit new participants.

6. Stay connected to the StepUp network with ongoing opportunity and resources for building your career. 



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