Love marketing? Love trivia? Love StepUp?
 

We’ve partnered with the American Marketing Association to host the Big Marketing Pub Quiz, a charity marketing trivia meet to benefit StepUp. Enjoy food, drink, and five action-packed rounds of brainteasers in marketing pop culture, history, strategy, and more!

Net proceeds will go to benefit StepUp’s mission to enable adults and children to transform their lives through employment and life skills training.

Tickets are just $10. Seating is limited—register today at http://www.amatriangle.org/events/pub-quiz-2019/



 
StepUp Ministry
StepUp Spotlight: Brittany Lewis
 
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Coming through the doors on Monday, StepUp Employment Workshop participant Brittany Lewis felt hopeful. By Friday, after 32 hours spent learning about networking, resume writing, dressing for success and preparing for the interview, Brittany feels accomplished. With two interviews already lined up with a pharmaceutical company and doctor’s office, Brittany is ready to spring forward into a new opportunity.

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A House Becomes a Home
 

This month one of our young adults had the opportunity to go shopping at The Green Chair Project to purchase furniture for her family. Keshondra Montague is an amazing young Women who started our Real World Program last June. When she came to Step Up she had already completed High School at the age of 16 and she had a list of goals for what was next in her life. She is now enrolled at Wake Tech and continues to work full time. One of her goals was to save money and get furniture for her family, and just like many of her other goals she was able to achieve that goal!  

 
 

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Celebrate with Jamekah
 

Meet Jamekah. Jamekah enjoys fashion designing, writing songs, and singing. Jamekah has been employed at Nationwide Insurance since March 2017 as a Member’s Care Representative. James Ivy, her father and a Life Skills graduate, referred her to the program. After a year in Step Two, Jamekah and her two children, Cashual and Cali, will graduate tonight. 

Come celebrate all the graduates’ hard work and resilience with us TONIGHT, March 28 at 6 pm at Christ Church.

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Welcome, Nancy!
 

Dear friends, 

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I am pleased to introduce StepUp’s new Director of Development, Nancy Bromhal.

Nancy brings a range of development experiences and a volunteer spirit to her new role at StepUp. “I’m drawn to StepUp’s mission of providing members of our community the opportunities to improve their lives through employment and age-specific skills building,” Nancy says.

Nancy and her family are members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and she and her teenaged daughters are part of the NCL – Dogwood Chapter, two of StepUp’s partners.

Most recently, Nancy was director of the annual fund and communications at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, another StepUp partner. “One of the highlights was getting to know the homeowners, and share their stories,” Nancy reflects. “I am eager to meet the StepUp participants and celebrate their successes as well.”  

We know she is going to be a great addition to the team. Please join me in welcoming Nancy to our StepUp family. 

Sincerely, 

Linda Nunnallee

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Are You Ready to Make an Impact?
 

Are you interested in volunteering in a meaningful way, to make an impact on someone’s journey towards stability? If so, StepUp has just the opportunity for you! 

StepUp Ministry is looking for Co-Partners for our Life Skills Program, where participants learn skills like budgeting and goal setting. Our goal is stability in all aspects of life over the long term. 

Not sure if you’re ready to commit? Come see Life Skills in action on a Tuesday night. 

Please contact Cynthia if you are interested: cwalker@stepupministry.org or (919) 781-0156 ext. 111

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ENER-G: Employer Excitement
 

StepUp Ministry’s Employment Program works with individuals to enhance their previously gained skills and introduce new concepts which improve their overall employability. Bi-weekly, we host a gathering geared toward networking, that we call ENER-G.

Employers also come to introduce potential employees to their company and discuss openings they are seeking to fill. Representatives give a brief overview of their organization, answer additional questions, and qualify potential candidates, as well. We are looking to add more businesses to our “partnership portfolio” that want to hire eager and capable employees. 

Are you looking for qualified candidates to fill a position you have? Know an employer who may be interested? To learn more about joining us for ENER-G, please contact the Employment Team Lead, Dennis A. Jarmon, at djarmon@stepupministry.org.

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Black History Month: History in the Making
 

February was Black History Month, but in StepUp’s Children’s Program, we celebrate it every month because we see history in the making every day. We attempt to expose every child to something new in our program. In celebration of black history, most of our children have done projects at school, and some even participated in after school shows. My challenge for each of my students was to find a particular person in history they have never heard of and research their contributions, inventions, or discoveries.

One of our children took it to another level and participated in a Black History show at her school. Lleya Curtis is active in many things like dance, cheerleading, and art. I had the chance to watch this fabulous young lady bring history to her school. I believe it is important to teach our young people that no matter what you do, always do your best. Lleya did a great job representing Black History Month through dance! 

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StepUp Spotlight: LeaAndra Faulkner
 
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LeaAndra Faulkner, a 2018 Life Skills Graduate, is very creative and is compassionate about assisting those who are in need. She and her daughters crochet sleeping mats out of plastic grocery bags for the homeless population and distribute them to individuals.

LeaAndra Faulkner, a native of Baltimore, MD, currently works as a Certified Nurse Assistant. When she came to StepUp, she was seeking an opportunity to improve her life by making necessary changes that would positively impact her and her family. She is a mother of two beautiful girls, Joelle and Johanna.

LeaAndra began her Life Skills journey on January 3, 2018 and graduated on December 13, 2018. She has not gone anywhere, and we love seeing her each week in our Alumni Program.

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GG's Closet Has a New Home
 

The cliché “It Takes a Village” was recently more than a trendy phrase for StepUp Ministry. It was truly lived out when our Men’s Clothing Closet, GG's Closet, needed a new home. Many thanks to the volunteer work of First National Bank, Relias, Inc., members of Westminster Presbyterian, and GG’s Closet Founders, Carolyn Johnson, and Ann Hanley.  The move involved clearing out old furniture, cleaning, painting, packing, and moving many racks of clothing, shoes, furniture, etc.  Also, StepUp would like to thank Westminster Presbyterian for providing the space, Sherman Williams on Peace Street for donating supplies, and Linda Craft Realty for usage of their moving truck. Again, many thanks to everyone coming together to help!

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Busy Little Ones
 
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January has been a month of great change in the nursery on Tuesday nights! We had quite a few little friends graduate in December, and we are excited to see them begin a new chapter in their lives. With the start of the new phase, we also welcomed a lot of new faces to the nursery as well. We had not only new children join the program, but also a few new volunteers as well. It has made the first few weeks very busy and exciting all at once. The first night of the new phase, we had over 15 children between ages birth-5, which was wonderful. We were able to split into three different age groups during the night, and have volunteers and staff take advantage of having multiple rooms to use at White Memorial, which has made all the difference. Please reach out to us  if you would like to join this growing bunch and volunteer with the nursery!

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StepUp Spotlight: Nakol Curtis
 
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Nakol was introduced to StepUp in 2011.  She initially joined because she wanted something different; but, she hadn’t quite mapped out the path to reach “success”.  She completed the week-long employment workshop, secured employment and joined the Life Skills program.  Unfortunately, halfway through her Life Skills journey, Nakol had to step away from the program to regroup.  Fast forward to seven years later - Nakol never lost sight of her goal of successfully completing Life Skills.  In 2018, Nakol rejoined Life Skills to finish what she started.  She is currently in Phase III of Life Skills, a Wake County employee, and an amazing mother.  Nakol, we celebrate you and your resilience.

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New Year, New Energy
 

The new year has brought an amazing start for the employment team. Along with adding a few great new employers to the roster, our Bi-weekly ENER-G program provided a space for over 10 participants to have face to face interviews with the employers’ present. One of the highlights from the start of this year comes from the most recent employment week, were 9 amazing individuals graduated. The class from last week was filled with individuals from all different walks of life, but had one common goal of finding employment opportunities. 

As the class made their journey through the week, they discovered much more than an opportunity for a job; they discovered hope. This hope was reflected on the last day of class, when the participants decided to stand up and speak about how their lives were changed in just one week. The employment team pushes forward to ensure that every class that follows, receives this same hope. Hope to move forward, and achieve every goal each participant sets for themselves. 

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Partnering Together to Change Lives: First National Bank and StepUp Ministry
 
First National Bank employees pictured above help paint StepUp Ministry’s new GG’s Closet space on January 24, 2019. This clothing closet allows job seekers to get interview clothing.

First National Bank employees pictured above help paint StepUp Ministry’s new GG’s Closet space on January 24, 2019. This clothing closet allows job seekers to get interview clothing.

At StepUp Ministry, we enjoy working with a broad group of corporate, government and individual partners who help support and enable us to provide guidance and new opportunities for those looking to change and improve their life. Taking the initiative to transform one’s life is no small task and usually filled with many obstacles and challenges. Ensuring we have the right people and resources in place greatly helps our participants, giving them the courage and determination to move forward and succeed. 

First National Bank employees pictured above help bring in donated presents to StepUp’s Christmas party held on December 20, 2018, at our Alumni Program.

First National Bank employees pictured above help bring in donated presents to StepUp’s Christmas party held on December 20, 2018, at our Alumni Program.

We have a lot more work ahead of us, but it is important that we celebrate all we have accomplished and thank members of the Raleigh community who have generously supported our mission. StepUp’s 30th Anniversary Gala event on January 26, 2019, will be a special time for everyone to come together, exchange stories and learn about the courage it takes to reach your goals and build a better life. The presenting sponsor for the gala, First National Bank (FNB), shares our mission of providing new, life altering opportunities for adults, children and teenagers living in Wake County.

FNB has maintained a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves since 1864. Built on a culture of giving back, employees remain active in their local communities through volunteerism, board service and fundraisers. FNB also gives back through financial support, partnering with local organizations throughout their footprint to address the needs of the community and make an impact where it matters most. 

First National Bank employees pictured above help move into StepUp Ministry’s new GG’s Closet space on January 24, 2019. This clothing closet allows job seekers to get interview clothing.

First National Bank employees pictured above help move into StepUp Ministry’s new GG’s Closet space on January 24, 2019. This clothing closet allows job seekers to get interview clothing.

Working with partners such as FNB helps raise greater awareness and visibility around many of the difficult issues people face. It also provides us with another resource channel to aid our participants in their journey to greater stability and career success. FNB offers a wide range of community development programs designed to strengthen local communities, including Home Ownership and Home Rehabilitation Programs, financial education workshops, Educational Improvement Tax Credits and more. Partnering with others to change lives is critical to our success and we appreciate what organizations like First National Bank have done to help us make a difference and continue making a difference. 

More information about StepUp Ministry’s 30th Anniversary including ticket details can be found at www.stepupministry.org/30th.  

 

 

 

 
Discovering New Opportunities
 

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year to discover new opportunities.

StepUp’s Employment Team brings job opportunities to its participants through almost 200 employer partnerships within the community. We want to take the guess work out of job seeking by not only providing career development soft skills, interviewing techniques, resume writing, and workplace etiquette, but also providing available job leads too.

When participants attend our ENER-G Workshop they get introduced to employers like Headway Hospitality looking to hire from us. We love watching as participants discover new opportunities.

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Santa's Workshop
 

On December 5, we had one of our favorite events of the year called “Santa’s Workshop”. During this event we transform the Gym at White Memorial into the ultimate shopping experience for our youth. The nursery, the children’s program, and the Real World program have the opportunity to come and shop for their parents and loved ones. This year we had a large selection of new and gently used items for them to choose from thanks to donations from the community. After shopping, they head over to the gift-wrapping stations to put a special touch on their gifts. The Junior League of Raleigh also had holiday craft stations set up for the kids to partake in after shopping. This event brings so much joy to the children of StepUp because it gives them the opportunity to give something special to the ones who care for them all year long. 

 
 
 

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Alumni Advance
 

StepUp’s Alumni program welcomed five new members from our September 2018 Life Skills graduation class. They are actively attending Wake Tech classes and three are members of our Toastmasters International club. Congratulations and welcome fellow toastmasters.

Three Alumni received their Wheels4Hope cars last month. 

Two Alumni moved into new homes with their families.

Last month, alumni were gifted with a free professional development session from Josh Bledsoe, a Dale Carnegie Professional Trainer. Josh’s gift was part of Dale Carnegie’s Professional Day of Giving. More than 20 alumni enjoyed the workshop focused on getting participants comfortable with speaking publicly and within small groups on various topics with ease.

Alumni held their final Wake Tech Class night on December 6th. The class was entitled Vision Boards for 2019 Career Goals. Participants worked on their 2019 career goals which will be used to develop future career classes for the 2019 program year. Alumni Elizabeth (Lizzie) Price and James Ivy, Jr. presented their boards focused on entrepreneurship. Each received a door prize for their participation. 

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Movers and Shakers, Quite Literally
 
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As we started November, we had a chance to partner with a young lady who is very passionate about dance. Dancing requires a lot of movement and stretching, and StepUp Children seem to really enjoy learning the different kinds of movements she shares with us. Our goal for StepUp’s Children’s Program is to expose them to as many new activities as possible, so stay tuned for some more interesting and fun new things happening with our young movers and shakers! 

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StepUp Spotlight: Tousha Fowler
 
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This month’s featured participant of the Step Two Program is Tousha Fowler, who is currently in Phase One. Tousha has been employed at Community Management Corporation since June 2017 as their property manager. Tousha was referred to the StepUp Ministry’s Life Skills program by her aunt, Delores Lucas, who is a graduate of life skills. In 1992, Tousha was in a tragic automobile accident. While she survived the accident, she lost her hand, but she does not let that stop her. She copes with her handicap by playing basketball, softball, and attending Strayer University, all while working a full-time job. She is a former basketball player for Louisburg College and coached basketball for the Varsity Women at Knightdale High School for seven years. Tousha is an inspiration to us all. We applaud Tousha’s resilience and hard work. Keep on stepping up!

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Spreading Our Wings
 

Community partnerships help StepUp to broaden our base and serve persons in additional outlets.  The Employment program has “spread our wings” over the course of the past year and held workshop weeks at the Salvation Army, the Wake County Human Services complex, in Wake Forest, and at Dorcas Ministries in Cary, NC.  We are excited to increase the footprint of the program and look to explore additional resource partnerships and locations as we enter the new calendar year.  Contact the Employment Team Lead, Dennis A. Jarmon, for more information about how your organization/you can help!

This photo is from the StepUp Employment Week Workshop held at Dorcas Ministries in November.

This photo is from the StepUp Employment Week Workshop held at Dorcas Ministries in November.

 

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