- 60% of foster youth age out of the foster care system without a place to live
- 25% will not have a high school diploma
- 25% will become homeless
- 25% will be incarcerated within two years
- 50% will have no reported earnings during the first three years after aging out
- 50% will be unemployed after age 20
- 50% will be involved in substance abuse
Did You Know? There are currently over 400 children in foster care in Muskegon County.
At Step Up we are compelled and committed to addressing the needs of young adults, specifically those aging out of the foster care system.
Our vision is to equip and empower young adults in Muskegon County to be financially independent, to aspire to further their education, and to find fulfillment in their work as they develop healthy relationships with others and pursue a relationship with God.
Our mission is to provide Christ-centered mentoring, housing, educational guidance, life skills training, and a community with accountability for Muskegon County young adults ages 18-24, primarily for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
With wisdom requested from and given by God, we commit to the core values of compassion, integrity, and empowerment. These values are expressed in our relationships with each other and the community we serve.
Wisdom: James 3:17: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Integrity: 2 Corinthians 8:21: For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
Compassion: Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Empowerment: Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Step Up was legally organized in May of 2015 after the founding board members learned of the significant number of foster youth in our community. These youth, like other foster youth throughout Michigan, age out of the foster care system at age 18. Less than 50% of foster youth maintain strong, supportive relationships with their foster families. When they age out, they are expected to live on their own.
Each board member has a story to share of how they came be a part of the mission of Step Up. God is at work! Ask us how we got connected. We would love to share our passion and vision for Step Up . . . our passion for the lives of young adults in Muskegon County.