Looking for Direction?

Many young people today graduate high school and don't have any idea what is next...

“Success is not a doorway… It’s a staircase.”
— Dottie Walters, International Speaker
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Be a Mentor

Be the hero to a young person who is just waiting for someone to show them the way...

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”
— Oprah Winfrey
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We Need Your Help!

There are so many thing you can do to help other than mentoring. Learn more now...

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
— Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister
How Can I Help?

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY PERSON HAS THEIR OWN UNIQUE VALUE AND SET OF GIFTS. UNFORTUNATELY IN THIS DAY AND AGE WE DON'T GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULLY DEVELOP THOSE SKILL SETS; FAMILY STRUCTURES HAVE CHANGED DRASTICALLY AND THE PACE OF LIFE IS MUCH FASTER. WITH ALL OF THESE FACTORS, IT'S DIFFICULT TO FIND YOUR WAY,  AT STEP UP MOVEMENT WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THAT, ONE PERSON AT A TIME.

 

OUR MISSION

Not just encouraging a higher quality of life for individuals, families and the community, but equipping people with life skills based on their own gifts and talents; helping them define success on their terms, we can empower them to be their 100% true selves in their 100% purpose.

Arming people with knowledge and training where they are uniquely impassioned will in turn free them to go out and affect the world around them.

Step Up Movement aims to educate, develop, and mentor young adults on all of their career and life decisions; helping them individually shape the way for their own successful future.

“We envision StepUp Movement becoming a hub that not only has it’s own core programs, projects and partners, but also an integration center, creating a flow of possibility and hope around the country; and who knows, maybe around the world.

— Julie Christensen, StepUp Movement Board

 
 

Who We Are...

Donna Smith, Co-Founder and CEO

I am a Mental Health Counselor and outside of the box thinker, who strives to grow and change into the best version of myself possible, while having a passion for helping those around me grow and create the journey of their dreams.

I graduated college with a generic English degree, that my guidance counselor recommended. Facing the “real world” upon graduation, I was hit with the reality that I needed a different degree if I was going to go the expected route or find a different path. Read More...

 

Kathy Freeland, Co-Founder and COO/CIO

I am an IT executive and visionary change agent who has a deep passion for helping people grow and improve along their journey of success. I graduated college with honors, holding a computer science/engineering degree. I went on to do the predictable by getting hired by the top IT company (IBM). I rose rapidly in the ranks. Throughout the course of my career, I have held various executive and business positions across industries as well as founding and running my own IT consulting company. Read More...

Dian Trabulsy, Board Member & General Counsel

I am a licensed practicing New York State attorney, currently acting as a senior corporate in-house counsel at American International Group, Inc. advising on corporate governance and transaction matters. I am also on the leadership team of the company's Women and Allies Employee Resource Group in New York City. Read More...

Cindy Johnson, Board Member & Marketing Director

Throughout my career, I have held positions and owned companies centered around business computing, finance, and marketing. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and went to work for Electronic Data Systems. After several years, I decided to be self-employed and enjoyed a career in the real estate industry for over 25 years. Today, I am the owner and manager of Expanded Vision Marketing, which my husband and I established in 2005, and I am also an owner/partner of On-Target SEO. Through these entities, I have helped many companies develop websites and build a presence on the internet. Read More...

John Creech, Financial Advisor

I am a finance and accounting professional with a background in both the Not-For-Profit and Financial Services industries. In 2012, I graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in accounting. From there, I went on to work for a public accounting firm where I became a CPA and spent much of my time auditing Not-For-Profit organizations in and around the Boston area. Read More...