We grew from...
stepUP Foundation was started by Founder, Ryll Burgin and a team of dedicated friends, family and business associates in June of 2002. Inspiration came from Ryll Burgin's participation in a personal development course called 'The Landmark Forum' offered by Landmark Education. Ryll then went on to do the 'Advanced Course' where the idea for stepUP and Ryll's life purpose became crystal clear. From there she used the structure of Landmark's 'Self Expression & Leadership Program' where you pick a community group you'd like to make a difference to and undertake a project that achieves that, to incubate, develop and launch stepUP.
Thanks to that program itself and Ryll and her team's work, on October 3 & 4, 2002, after just 13 weeks, our first ever stepUP was held with 227 Teens and 45 Coaches attending.
Continued success in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and beyond. To date over 3000 teens have graduated stepUP's programs.
February 19th and 20th 2004, was notably the first time stepUP had been held as part of the school curriculum. This was a huge success and is the ideal model for teen participation in large numbers.
Since then, another event was held successfully on September 29 & 30, 2004 again in Logan. Also, stepUP's commitment to rural Australia (and teens sometimes disadvantaged simply by geography) has also meant the team has successfully held their first stepUP for regional Australia – in Roma on Feb 26 & 27, 2005. It was the first of what will hopefully be a series of country programs over the coming years to give back to the youth who live in our heartland.
As for 2006 we kicked off the year with an event at the Brisbane City Hall February 23 & 24, with over 400 teens, once again during the School Term. And in, July 20th and 21st we had one of our largest events with over 450 teens attending in Toowoomba. For 2007 we are set to work with over 3000 teens this year alone including the launch of our first New Zealand and UK events. Also our vision is to take stepUP to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Townsville not to mention a invited tour of Ireland to bring North & South teens together on behalf of the Irish Peace Institute is also being considered for late 2008.
Key Outcomes … What We're Out to Create.
Excitement Self-Worth Inspiration Renewed Strength Tools & Strategies Fun
Goals … How Do We Know We've Truly Contributed?
By the end of 2007, up to 6,000 teenagers will have participated across Australia, New Zealand and the UK in positive, fun, interesting, interactive and stimulating learning events, where they've been educated on the basics of business. Further to that, the real game we're playing is in creating understanding and a new way of thinking. We use business as a medium for a conversation about life and in that process, create peace and understanding between often disparate groups. Such as the have's and have not's, the various social groups within the teen market, intellectual and sporting, north south, east west, black and white and any other variation of separation. At each event we'll see that happening on the teams and through the activities.
Further, the long term goal is to add to our economic growth at local, regional and national levels, by tapping into our young leaders enterprise and ingenuity all while empowering them to live fulfilling lives they love no matter what.