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About Us

Our Mission


Step Up Maryland is building a new generation of leaders through education, training and direct action. We empower communities by helping people understand the legislative process and teaching them how to organize their neighbors to make change.  We build strong leaders by helping them understand power structures and giving them tools to become advocates effectively. We bolster newly elected leaders by giving them the knowledge, relationships and confidence to be effective the day they take office. 

Our Programs


We offer a full range of civics training from how to take back power for your community to Organizing for Grassroots to Leadership training for activists and elected officials. All of our training include a mix of theory and analysis of real life situations. We adapt our training so that participants at every level of experience can expand their knowledge base. Our ongoing partnerships with organizations such as re:Power (formerly Wellstone Action), Local Progress, Urban Habitat and State Innovation Exchange (SiX), give us access to nationally renowned trainers and policymakers. 

Our Impact


375 - # of candidates and campaign managers trained

144 - # of trained "Scouts" looking for future leaders

317 - # of future leaders identified by 

leadership talent Scouts

112 - # of alumni on the ballot in 2018 elections

62 - # of New Leader Boot Camp Graduates serving in office

6 - # of sitting Baltimore City Commissioners trained  by Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute

96 - # of trained movement organizers building their communities

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