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A COP Of Firsts
The 21st session
of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) is the largest international diplomatic conference ever organized by France. This
event, which is part of the cycle of major UN conferences on climate change, is unprecedented on a number of levels.
The wor016ld at Le Bourget
The figures speak for themselves. 180,000m2,
2 plenary rooms, one of which was built from scratch, 32 negotiating rooms, 3 press conference rooms, 67 pavilions
and 200 stands. COP21 is a conference that beats all records. Never before had a COP hosted so many participants: over 25,000 accredited
persons had visited the site by the end of the first week.
This was also the largest number of
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commitment to making the Paris Conference a success.
The S.T.E.P.U.P Foundation Of Greater Washington, D.C. Inc. was established in the early 1980's as a voluntary organization
founded to improve the standard of living and the quality of life for Children 1-13, Youth 14-26, Parents and Grandparents
as Parents. Through our programs and services, we seek to empower urban youth and families to set, work toward, and
achieve their personal and professional goals. Mobile teams mentor and monitor difficult to reach individuals and youthful
populations. We focus on providing alternative programs and services to reduce crime and illegal activities among urban youth
who are disproportionately incarcerated.
We provide and tailor self-help education and training using comprehensive risk reduction strategies and self-help
workshops to positively intervene in the lives of troubled youth and families in crisis to prevent involvement in senseless
acts of violence. We encourage critical thinking through youth development practices and approaches, provide self-help workshops
(arts education, etiquette, GED preparation, financial literacy, job skill, life skills, problem-solving in schools and
lifeskills) tailored to engage at-risk, truant, disadvantaged youth, young adults and their families. We engage
youth and families to replace idle time with structured activities to guide young people towards positive outcomes.
Programs are tailored to cover topics of importance to influence social growth and development and encourage goal setting
in personal and professional areas such as:
→ Academic Enrichment, Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs, Arts Education
→ Civic Responsibility,
Communication Skills, Computer Literacy
→ Driver Education, Environmental Education, Etiquette, Financial
→ Gang Intervention/Prevention, Health & Wellness, Home Economics (Co-Ed)
Skills, Mobile Mentors: On-Call, Mentoring, Open Forum: Youth Speak-out
→ Parenting Skills Education,
Performing Arts (Dance), Physical Fitness, Problem-Solving
→ Workforce Development: Income Growth Strategies including
Other Employment Opportunities
The S.T.E.P.U.P. Foundation Of Greater Washington, D.C. Inc. is now a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible. We rely on advertisers, donations and sponsorships.
Donations support our ability to be a reliable presence in underserved, low-income communities while keeping our doors open.
Your donations sustain our ability to maintain a presence in urban communities in crisis. We encourage
every visitor to make an online donation. Next, use your Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts to share information
about our website to friends and colleagues.
2017 Summer of Safety Programs!
Our Random Acts of Kindness Campaign is still underway. This fundraiser helps build our nonprofit's capacity
to provide social programs that benefit low-income children, youth and families. The Random Acts of Kindness Campaign
is one response to reducing bullying, youth crime and victimization. Funds support our Youth Quest: 21st Century Training
Program to provide intervention and prevention opportunities designed in part, to counter the growing interest and participation
of urban youth in the infamous 'Knock-Out' Game (a violent, unprovoked assault on innocent victims (of all ages) which is
spreading across the nation) and provide mentoring and self-help workshops for youth who bully and those who are bullied.
We provide outreach and education programs geared towards children and youth in need of supervision by tailoring structured,
youth development centered activities (and related field trips) designed to build confidence and self-esteem.
See the links below for news and videos about
the "Knock-Out' Game (warning these videos are graphic and disturbing) which increase during the summer months:
Careers, Education, Employment & Job Training Opportunities
The construction industry has kept many individuals working during the economic
downturn. Individuals interested in continued employment should consider taking a one-year certification course at a local
community college (inquire about scholarships). You can check local organizations which receive funding to provide job-skills
training free of charge. If you are motivated, ask about a two-year academic program at the college where you can earn
an Associate's Degree in Construction Management. This industry provides many opportunities for women to ‘think
outside of the box' when considering a long-term career.
SOME Center for Employment Training
(SOME CET) visit website at www.some.org/services
The SOME Center for Employment
Training's (SOME CET) mission is to empower people out of homelessness and poverty and into living wage careers through hard
and soft skills training, adult basic education and career development.
SOME CET is based upon a nationally recognized
model that has been used to train and place over 100,000 students in jobs. The training model uses a holistic approach, integrating
hands-on skill training in a simulated work environment.
SOME CET provides training to prepare individuals for careers
as Medical Administrative Assistants and Building Maintenance Service Technicians. Students earn occupational credentials
Students learn about allied health professions, health care communications, medical
records and billing, computer training, reception and clerical skills.
Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA)
Building Maintenance Service Technician
Students learn carpentry, electrical engineering, plumbing, HVAC, and safety standards.
EPA Section 608 Technician Certification
Electronic Health Records
Students learn to manage Electronic Health Records systems and to perform tasks such as billings, record verification and
Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
SOME CET recognizes that education is critical to career development.
Students develop reading, grammar, writing and comprehension skills that are pertinent to their skills training area.
CET is focused on developing careers. Trainees work with the Center's job developer to identify employment tracks, participate
in mock interviews, attend resume workshops and develop a Career Development Plan.
CET teaches the "soft skills" that are essential to obtaining and maintaining employment. These skills
include time management, developing motivation, personal responsibility, conflict management, customer service and interpersonal
Training Providers Laborers' Training & Apprenticeship Institute of Washington,
D.C. and Vicinity 4849-A Lydell Road, Cheverly, MD 20781. (301) 772-8820
Construction Craft Laborers'
(CCL) Apprenticeship Program. The Construction Craft Laborers' (CCL) Apprenticeship Program provides apprentices with 160
hours of training before working on a job site. To become eligible for employment and on-the-job training, the apprentice
must complete the program's initial classroom and hands-on training sessions, in which the apprentice receives training in
basic construction skills, safety awareness, and work ethics.
Qualifications: Minimum of 18 years of age (birth certificate required). Minimum of a 10th grade
education (copy of high school transcript required). (An applicant may apply for the program with less than a 10th grade education
if he/she agrees to enter and complete a GED program within 12 months or less.) Physical ability to perform work duties
of the trade Completion of apprenticeship application form, as determined by the Laborers' Training Fund
Training Providers To Contact:
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Center for Employment Training 2815 O St., SE, Washington, DC Washington, DC 20020 (202) 583-4655
Median hourly earnings: $20.43
annual earnings: $44,360
Building Maintenance Service
Technician Training Program:
The Building Maintenance Service Technician Training Program
prepares trainees to become maintenance mechanics, maintenance technicians, electrician helpers, plumber helpers, carpenters
and porters. Key components of the program include: intensive hands-on training five days a week with an average completion
time of 21 weeks; simulated work environment in a fully outfitted maintenance shop with residential and commercial equipment;
externships with area employers provide additional on-the-job experience; and job placement assistance to help the trainee
find a fitting career. Program is free.
Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Community
Service 1618 Monroe St. NW Washington, DC 20010 (202) 939-2426/2427
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington Building
Maintenance Job Readiness Program 924 G Street NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 772-4307
More About Us
S.T.E.P.U.P. Foundation has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for our work with youth and was nominated
for the Pollin Award for Outstanding Service to the Community! Ms. Dickens has been recognized for her grassroots efforts and
invited to participate in community outreach programs as a Panelist in a DC city-wide Female Gang Intervention conference
at Howard University (by Metropolitan Police Department) and invited to implement educational workshops for male youth
during their Annual Summer Basketball Leagues. She is an advocate for the supporting the needs of children,
youth and families during the Partnerships for Problem-Solving citywide, community training program designed
to implement community-oriented crime and violence reduction activities in DC.
Ms. Dickens is contacted for her expertise and advocacy regarding
the needs of youth and families and was invited to participate in the drafting and co-signing of a Letter to the
Editor in the Washington City Paper. She has led teams of committed volunteers and outreach
workers who have assisted in administering the organization's programs and services under the DC Department
of Mental Health (Project DC-a FEMA-funded Outreach and Education project for mental health and coping skills after September
11th attacks, DC Sniper Crisis, West Nile Virus. The S.T.E.P.U.P. Foundation Of Greater Washington, DC, Inc.
was selected by Fight For Children to provide outreach for The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program which provided scholarships
to low-income children in Washington D.C. for tuition and other fees at participating private schools. The program was the
first Federally funded school voucher program in the United States. It was first approved in 2003 and allowed to expire in
In 2004, President George
W. Bush signed the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act of 2003, creating the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program to provide
scholarships to students from low-income families to attend a private school of choice. The program targeted 2,000 children
from low-income families in Washington D.C. These children were given funding to help offset the cost of private schooling.
In 2008, the program funded attendance at 54 D.C. private schools for students from families with an average income of $22,736,
"or about 107 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four." The program was reauthorized under the
SOAR Act in 2011.
The S.T.E.P.U.P. Foundation Of Greater Washington,
D.C. Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. To request a receipt, click the Contact
Us link to send an email. Write 'Tax Deductible Receipt Request'. Provide your name, email, fax number or mailing address
and the amount of your online donation. Please allow 30 days for confirmation and response.
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