August 28, 2020 – Step Up Savannah is launching its first asset-based community development program, Level Up, starting October 20, 2020.
The program will include a series of free online courses held every Tuesday and Thursday over a seven week period ending December 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted now until October 2. Applicants must live in Chatham County or within the City of Savannah limits and meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements:
- you have participated in the CAP or the Step Up Savannah public benefits program
- you are a current parent of Head Start or receive free or reduced lunch allowances for children
- you have repeatedly requested assistance in the event of a crisis or have been referred by a partner agency
- you need help from Step Up’s Workforce Development Program
- you have been referred for help getting through the financial crisis cycle
Level Up participants will have the opportunity to achieve their goals through a series of engaging activities and create an individualized action plan. Participants will also learn basic financial literacy skills, have the opportunity to develop their workforce, seek out entrepreneurial or educational avenues, as well as build meaningful relationships within the context of their own community. Participants will receive a small stipend to cover Internet service costs associated with the program.
“Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a nationally recognized best practice and builds on the strengths found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations and institutions to come together to achieve and develop their strengths through targeted collaborations. ABCD differs from more traditional deficit-based approaches that focus on identifying and meeting needs through ad hoc social information or services. According to Alicia Johnson, Executive Director of Step Up, “Level Up is an empowerment program that not only connects individuals with services, but gives them the tools to be successful, helps facilitate the process and overcome the obstacles they face. may encounter along the way. We are delighted to bring together all of our existing partners — City of Savannah, Chatham County, Bank On, Neighborhood Improvement Association, Savannah Tech, GoodWill, the Chatham Apprentice Program and many more, in this new effort to help solve our old problems. around generational poverty.
The Level Up program will be facilitated by Step Up Savannah’s Asset Building Coordinator, Cornelius Lloyd. For more information on the Level Up program, please call (912) 525-1169 or email [email protected].