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Alumni in the Digital Age
Kramden Digital Literacy Class

Alumni parents and teens were part of an exciting Digital Literacy Class which they attended for six weeks. Upon completion of the program, each family received two computers for their home. Topics covered included: basic use of computers, internet security, software and hardware, and financial freedom (taught by Coastal Federal Credit Union).

This program was sponsored by a grant through Coastal Federal Credit Union. This grant was made possible through our community partnership with Kramden Institute. 

In addition, our StepUp Speakers Circle elected new offices for the 2018-2019 Club Year.

The Club recently received a Smedley Ribbon for its efforts to recruit and retain members. 

Club Officers:

President: Maxine Terry

VP Education: Tyshone Peterson

VP Membership: Mercedes Ortiz

VP Public Relations: Hind Laraj

Secretary/Treasurer: Elaine Bryant-Donigan

Sergeant at Arms: Joe Ortiz


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Alumni Making an Impact

Several of our Alumni Adults and One Youth spoke at three services during StepUp Sunday at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Adult Speakers were Saraha Robertson, Latanya Dugger, and Keith Sutton. Youth Speaker was Natalya Young (daughter of Latanya Dugger).

Each spoke about their reasons for coming to the program and shared how their involvement in StepUp changed their future. Each came to StepUp for different reasons and all left with a sense of accomplishment and hope for the future.  

NC Governor Roy Cooper attended the 11 am service and spent time speaking with Alumni speakers to encourage and congratulate them. Governor Cooper also stated that he made a special point to attend, stating that StepUp Sunday was an important event for him and that he looked forward to it each year.

In addition, StepUp Ministry’s alumni program has been awarded a digital literacy class sponsored by Kramden Institute and Coastal Credit Union.  Adult and Middle/High School alumni will participate in a series of five (5) classes focused on:

Day 1 – Computer Basics

Day 2 – Office Programs

Day 3 – Internet Basics

Day 4 – Social Media and Smart Sharing

Day 5 – Financial Literacy (Coastal Federal Credit Union)

Adults and Youth (Grades 6 – 12) will each receive a laptop once classes are completed. Kramden Institute is a new partner and StepUp Ministry and we greatly appreciative for the opportunity to bring this class to Alumni Adults/Youth with limited access to computers at home. 


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Alumni News

StepUp Ministry’s Alumni program continues to grow. We had 75% engagement from our most recent graduates in our June 2017 Life Skills Class. We’re looking forward to having them join in on Wake Tech class and become Toastmasters members. Two alumnae attended a three-day conference (Transform U Live) sponsored by Journey Principles Institute.  They will also participate in a live radio taping in August.  Stay tuned for more.


Spotlight on StepUp Alumni

Alum Nickia Baker is published. Her company (Sheer Elegance Events NC) was recently featured in Munaluchi Bridal online for her work as a wedding event planner.  More information can be found at


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Alumni Give Back

Two of our StepUp Alumni have been busy mentoring and gaining career advancement skills. Alums Nickia Baker and Brandon Lowery recently became Mentors for Sageworks, through the Inmates to Entrepreneurs Program. They work closely with program staff and leadership team to help former inmates start over through entrepreneurship opportunities.  We congratulate them on their appointment as they mentor others on the path to entrepreneurship. 


Our Alumni children continue to receive tutoring on program night while their parents attend Wake Technical Community College sponsored classes or our Toastmasters Club – StepUp Speakers’ Circle. 


Alumni program attendance (adults/children) continues to grow, with an average weekly attendance of 12 – 15 per night.

StepUp Speakers’ Circle of Toastmasters International would like to welcome 8 new member and 3 re-activating members. New members include StepUp staff and volunteers.  

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

StepUp Life Skills, Alumni, and Employment Week participants, along with staff and 30 volunteers, came together for our annual Christmas party. After sharing a delicious holiday meal, we played a game of Family Feud, heard festive tunes, and took plenty of pictures in the photo booth. Santa stopped by to hear the Christmas wishes of our children, and we got to enjoy some Christmas songs by the Fountain Singers from the Fountain of Raleigh and the Junior League of Raleigh Choir. Thanks to everyone who gave of their time and talents to make this event a success!


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Alumni Partners

StepUp Ministry has partnered with Wake Technical Community College/HRD Program to create a Career Assistance Lab. StepUp Alum are able to attend Wake Tech sponsored classes during weekly alumni meetings. This partnership began in July 2016. Alum are able to receive Continuing Education credits for successful completion of the courses.

StepUp Alumni Program is also blessed to have a new partnership with Edenton Street United Methodist Church’s Missional Community. In October, the ESMC Missional Community group began providing provide Alumni meals on the third Thursday of each month. In addition, volunteers will provide activities for the children and in 2017 the group will provide information sessions and seminars with Alumni adults. 

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