Our Approach

While we work on the ground in Botswana and must contextualize our programs, Step up also recognizes our unique position as an international nonprofit that can access resources, best practices and operational models from the US to help inform our strategies at the local level. We also know that achieving our mission requires listening with head and heart, a long-term investment and continuous adaptation as the needs of our children and communities evolve.

To stay relentlessly focused on putting our Achievers in the best position to thrive from childhood to adulthood, Step Up embraces core organizational principles that bond our Botswana and US teams and guide our work everyday:

Blended Context:

We leverage the expertise and perspectives that both US and Botswana staff bring to their work to develop the most impactful benefits to Achievers – from program design and execution to streamlining administrative processes.


We work to produce positive and meaningful outcomes for every Achiever, but we know we will encounter challenges along the way. Our team is dedicated to assessing what goes well and building upon it, but even more dedicated to being open and honest about assessing what doesn’t go well and then addressing it.


We know the type of work we do is unpredictable because the children with whom we work have many challenges and many needs on any given day. Moving our programs forward requires team members in each location and across geographies to communicate clearly, openly and frequently.


We work with children who require a robust, supportive environment where they feel encouraged to learn and to express themselves. This environment extends beyond Step Up and includes developing partnerships with schools, caregivers, community leaders and resource partners that work together to serve the comprehensive needs of our Achievers.


We empower all of our staff to use their entrepreneurial spirit to create innovative programs and develop unique partnerships that serve the best interests of our children. This requires listening to the feedback from Achievers and community partners, and a dedication to continuous monitoring and evaluation of our progress.