Step2 Program

We hope to develop a culture of savings and introduce the participants to the financial mainstream in a safe and ethical space.
— Maricela Morales, LCCU Partner & Financial Literacy Facilitator


About StepUp’s Step2 Program

Step2 is StepUp Durham's next step program for working adults and their children who would like to develop stronger community relationships, have referral access to material resources, and the opportunities to receive trainings focused on personal and career growth.

Step2 offers four phases of programming that occur in eight-week blocks. The four phases are: Personal Development, Financial Education, Career Development, and Leadership Development. StepUp provides participants with a 60% savings match. These savings have assisted Step2 participants over the past year in purchasing affordable vehicles through Wheels4Hope and furniture through the Green Chair Project.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Active, current engagement with StepUp Durham or SUD community partner

  • Working at least 25 hours per week (proof required)

  • On-time weekly attendance

  • Completion of Step2 Program Application

  • Referral from Employment Counselor or community partner

  • 1-on-1 interview (via phone or in-person)


Step2 Requirements

  • Maintaining StepUp Durham's Employment Program eligibility requirements

  • Submission/proof of $10 weekly savings

  • Completion of three goals per Phase

  • Meeting with co-partner group weekly


Upcoming Step2 Phases

  • Fall Phase: October 8th - November 26th

  • Winter Phase: January 7th - February 25th


If you are interested in registering for our next Step2 Phase, please fill out this form, email interim Step2 Coordinator at, or contact our office at 919-973-0890.