Adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.


looking for employment?

Consider partnering with StepUp Durham. We offer free training, referral, and support services to unemployed and underemployed people, including those with barriers to employment like a criminal background or gaps in work history. Our entry point for partnership is a 32-hour Employment Readiness Workshop. Review our eligibility criteria and reserve your spot today!

What are people saying about StepUp?


Job Seekers

Excellent company, staff was smart, energetic, and exciting, enjoyed each day of the training. I would highly recommend it to everyone that I know. Keep up the good work! I am better prepared for my job searching and for potential career options. Before the training I had outdated methods but now I’m freshly informed. Thank you for everything!

— StepUp Durham Graduate, May 2016



Shanika came to The Scrap Exchange with training from the StepUp program of Durham, NC. She has been a pleasure to work with from the start...[S]he has proven to be a versatile member of our staff. We can rely on Shanika to do a great job in any of the multifaceted positions at The Scrap Exchange. She is a rock star staff member and we are lucky to have her on the team!

— Jeff Zern, Retail Manager at The Scrap Exchange
StepUp Durham offers three major resources for job seekers: Opportunity, Connection, and Hope. These three core values are implemented through strong relationships with employers, a commitment to “ban the box,” meaning that your past mistakes/record don’t define you, and a racial equity lens—focusing on removing systemic barriers to opportunity, connection, and hope.
— Mel Williams, Coordinator of End Poverty Durham


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