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.
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.
375 - # of candidates and campaign managers trained
144 - # of trained "Scouts" looking for future leaders
300 - # of future leaders identified by
leadership talent Scouts
112 - # of alumni on the ballot in 2018 elections
48 - # of New Leader Bootcamp Graduates serving in office
6 - # of sitting Baltimore City Commissioners trained by Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute
41 - # of trained movement organizers building their communities
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