Next Step Up Monthly Newsletter | Oct. 2017
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Note from the Founder

Oh, the places we will go! As we dig our heels deeper into the school year I am thrilled by the impact of the work that we are doing and inspired by the effort, excitement, commitment, and enthusiasm of our volunteers. This semester we had 67 new volunteers join our organization. That's 67 young, brilliant Tuskegee University students eager to get into the Tuskegee community to lend a hand, change lives and have theirs changed as well. That thought alone humbles me.

With these 67 volunteers we have begun our mentoring and tutoring services at Booker T. Washington High School, engaged in meaningful community activities, and expanded our program. That's right, we've expanded, not only are we continuing to work with high school students, we have expanded our program to Tuskegee Institute Middle School.

This semester we are piloting our program with 10 trail blazing volunteers. Through our middle school program, volunteers will provide individualized assistance in-class and lead hands on learning activities with students.  

As we embark on this school year I can only imagine the potential of this program to change more lives. I hope for this to be a program that defines a volunteer's "Tuskegee experience" and provides middle and high school students with the tools they need to succeed.

This newsletter highlights our current activities to keep you abreast with the latest NSU news. Additionally, we are always looking to partner. If you, your business, or organization would like to partner or donate, please reach out to us at

-Elise Tolbert, Founder and Director

Current Activities
Executive Board Retreat:  Held at the Tuskegee lake, our program leadership went through a series of team building and program development exercises to prepare for a productive year!
Community Advertising: This summer our volunteers went to community events to promote Next Step Up. The community is very happy about and supportive of the service we provide. 
Tutorials: This semester we started both tutorials at B.T.W High School and T.I.M.S Middle School. Sessions started on Sept. 20th. 
News/Upcoming Events
Check out the Next Step Up website! It contains general information about the program, our mission, leadership, and our services. It also serves as a portal with information that will help our high school students, teachers, and community partners. Check here to check it out:
Environmental Initiatives: We have partnered with the Tuskegee Clean City Commission to ramp up our environmental initiatives. This month our volunteers cleaned highways in Tuskegee to preserve our beautiful community. Next month volunteers will engage local students with environmental education activities.
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