Step Update, April 2017

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Step Up Savannah engages all sectors of the community to improve the economic mobility and financial stability of families in Savannah and Chatham County.

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Tuesday, May 9th
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Civic Center Ballroom
301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Poverty simulations are a tool that helps participants rethink the challenges that millions of low-income individuals must face each and every day. More importantly, this tool helps people identify areas of change that can directly impact the effects of poverty on individuals, families, and communities.

Chatham Apprentice Program Update

On March 30th, the Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) hosted a graduation at the Georgia Department of Labors. In this session, CAP matched 8 of the 18 participants received a Transportation Worker Identification Credentials Card (TWIC) and 5 completed a forklift safety training certification. CAP staff selected participants based on their skill set, criminal background, and/or career interests. This incentive provided not only a financial benefit to participants ($125.25 for a TWIC card and $135 for forklift safety certification) but also positioned them to be more competitive in the workforce.

In less than a month, 6 graduates have already gained employment. 

A special thank you to the Mendenhall family who provided a wonderfully catered lunch for the CAP graduation. If you are interested in sponsoring a lunch for CAP, email

The Chatham Apprentice Program, managed by Step Up Savannah, is funded by Chatham County with support from the United Way of the Coastal Empire, the State Farm Foundation, and the SunTrust Foundation. Services are open to all residents of Chatham County who are 18 and older.

The 2017 schedule is as follows:
Class Start Date Class End Date Location
April 24th - FULL May 18th Moses Jackson
August 7th August 31st Department of Labor
September 25th October 19th Moses Jackson
November 13th December 12th Moses Jackson
Please call (912) 401-0672 or visit for more information. 
On Saturday morning, Step Up and Emergent Savannah hosted a community educational session, Government 101: We the People. Over 40 community members came out to hear more about how to get better engaged in government. 

Step Up and Emergent Savannah will host more educational sessions this year. Watch our Facebook page and Step Update for more information. 

Next Residents Team Meeting

WHO:  Dr. Otis Johnson, former Savannah mayor and author
WHAT:  An Evening with Dr. Otis Johnson
WHEN:  6:00PM – 7:30PM, April 19th
WHERE: Thomas Square Fire Station, 10 W. 33rd St.  Use 32nd St. entrance

Step Up’s Residents Team will host an evening with Dr. Otis Johnson at the Thomas Square Fire Station. Dr. Johnson, former Savannah mayor and author, will highlight portions of his new book, “From ‘N Word to Mr. Mayor: Experiencing the American Dream.” Following his presentation, there will be a book signing.
This promises to be a memorable evening. Please come out and bring a friend.

The Residents Team was created to engage low- and moderate-income residents and those who live in high-poverty neighborhoods in Step Up's decision-making regarding policies and issues to pursue.

 Learn more about Step Up's Resident Team. 
In March, the City of Savannah and Step Up issued a request for proposals from financial institutions interested in providing banking services to students participating in the Summer 500 program. MembersFirst Credit Union and South State Bank have been selected as Summer 500’s 2017 partners, after both offered accounts that most closely align with the CFE Fund’s Summer Jobs Connect national youth account standards.

Summer Jobs Connect is a project of the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund’s national Bank On initiative and connects young workers to bank accounts and targeted financial education.  Savannah’s Summer 500 program was selected to participate in the Summer Jobs Connect expansion cohort, joining partner cities from across the country including Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, San Francisco, Washington DC, St. Louis, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Houston, and Virginia Beach.

MembersFirst Credit Union and South State Bank will participate at the Summer 500 Kick Off and in the Success Sessions, which focus on soft skills and financial education. The goal is for all students without existing bank accounts to obtain a non-custodial account in their name and receive their summer payroll via direct deposit.

If your organization would like to host a Summer 500 intern, you can register online here before April 30th. 
Our last class in this series is May 4th, 2pm at
Hinesville Library (236 West Memorial Drive.) 

Space is limited. Contact Consumer Credit Counseling Service
at 912.691.2227 to reserve your seat. 
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An Easy Way to Help CAP!

Download and print this donor partner referral card and bring it with you next time you donate to Goodwill. For each donation, Goodwill will give a voucher to a CAP participant so they can purchase professional clothing for job interviews. 
The City of Savannah continues to provide annual funding to Step Up Savannah. A special thank you to Mayor DeLoach and our council members for their commitment to improving the economic mobility of Savannahians. 

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Designate your Kroger Community Rewards to Step Up Savannah or 52927. 

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Step Up Savannah appreciates the ongoing support of the City of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia Power, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and the United Way of the Coastal Empire. 

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