Step Up

We work with children and young adults from Moscow orphanages. Our mission is to help every child to learn and develop as a person, overcoming the negatives of an institutionalized past. Step Up is the first organization in Russia which, since 1999, has worked to provide orphans with a quality education, to motivate them to learn. We help graduates of orphanages to complete school, find jobs, pass college/university entrance exams. We provide specific help necessary to overcome the psychological complexes that plague orphans. We enable institutionalized orphans and orphanage graduates to make wise, mature and healthy decisions for their own live. We also work surmount and eventually change...
Oct 9, 2015

Great start of a new academic year

The three "musketeers"
The three "musketeers"

Dear friends,

Summer has gone and a new academic year started on September, 14. As always we congratulated our graduates on the new step in their life they are about to embark. Last year we had three students graduating from the 11th grade, our three "musketeers". They had very busy and fruitful summer taking unified state exams and nervously waiting for the results of the entrance campaign.

Now we are delighted to announce the results. Iliya was admitted to Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Bauman University is a highly renowned engineering school that carries research in cutting-edge areas of science and technology. Masha also fulfilled her dream and entered a medical college. Alexey decided to spend additional year deepening his knowledge in physics and chemistry and apply to the university next year.

Congratulations on these wonderful achievements, Ilya and Masha! The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. You have walked a long way toward this goal but you have successfully managed! We are proud of you!

We got about 170 students this year in the Education Center! It is the record number of students we ever had in Step Up! About 50 new students enrolled to our programme. The year promises to be thrilling!

 

Best regards,

Anna 

Our graduates and their teachers
Our graduates and their teachers
Photo from the opening ceremony
Photo from the opening ceremony
Jul 31, 2015

Volunteer Summer Camp 2015

For most of July, 38 volunteers (from Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom) took part in Step Up's 2015 Summer Camp at the Belskoye Ustye orphanage for mentally and physically disabled children — organising developmental activities, festivals, shows and sporting events for the 70 children who live there.

Using the integration center as a base, volunteers walked every day to the orphanage where they organized a hectic, exciting and engaging three weeks of activities for the children. Volunteers lived in tents and used the facilities of the house to prepare activities, costumes and materials for work with the chidlren.

A series of specialists from Moscow and Saint Petersburg also took part in the Summer Camp, arranging master classes for both volunteers and children. These included sessions on how to work with disabled children with an expert from a local center, a fencing master class, a culinary master class, a radio journalism master class, a DIY master class, and a musical master class conducted by an expert from the Anton Tut Ryadom center for autism in Saint Petersburg.

The Summer Camp was the biggest conducted by Step Up in recent memory and will serve as a template for the development of the integration center.

Jun 9, 2015

Success story

5 years ago after getting a high school diploma
5 years ago after getting a high school diploma

These days we celebrate a success of one of our most devoted students. This spring, Maxim graduated with bachelor degree from the Russian State University of Physical Education (Scolipe). He got a qualification of trainer in athletics and a certificate allowing him to judge international tournaments in athletics.

It was a long way to this diploma. Maxim joined Step Up Education Centre about ten years ago (in fact, nobody remembers exactly when it happened as it seems that he has been around all the time). He got a degree for secondary and high school and entered the university. Maxim was not an easy student for our teachers and studying was not easy for him either. His major learning difficulties originated in his hyperactivity. But he managed to turn his weakness into advantage through his passion for sports and a habit for hard labor during training sessions.

For a long time Maxim combined studies with part-time work as a waiter and barista in coffee shops. Two years ago, he started a new career of physical education teacher in secondary school.

Maxim did not break ties with Step Up upon entering the university. He continued to visit individual tutorials, which we organize to first and second year university students. More importantly, he became an active volunteer going every summer to Step Up’s camp in the orphanage in Pskov region. He is a member of our legendary football team.

The last, but not least, Maxim is the one who ran the Moscow marathon! Two times by now! He is outstanding!

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Maxim! The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. You have walked a long way toward this goal but you have successfully managed. We tried to help you but you really did most of this great thing yourself. We are proud of you! Best wishes for you on your graduation from university! 

Celebrating graduation from the university
Celebrating graduation from the university
Volunteering at the Christmas bazaar
Volunteering at the Christmas bazaar
First time in a suit
First time in a suit

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