Step Up Strategy

Step Up Silicon Valley is a movement to cut poverty and increase economic opportunity in Santa Clara County. Led by the county’s nonprofit, public, and private sector leaders, this movement seeks to nurture cross-sector conversations, collaborations, and solutions in service of disrupting the systems that cause and perpetuate poverty.

We combine our three strategies of convening, advocacy, and systems change incubation through our various initiatives. Through cross-sector collaboration, we leverage the resources of our partners and network members to launch initiatives that are groundbreaking and disruptive in order to find new, innovative ways to stop the cycle of poverty.


We connect diverse partners to share knowledge, foster collaboration, and co-create solutions together.


We engage government and community leaders to generate support for positive policy change.


We launch innovative initiatives that disrupt ineffective systems to eliminate poverty.


We seek to establish a common outcomes measure in the community that is client-centric, measuring success based on the progress of individuals moving out of poverty. Our self-sufficiency index measures outcomes of poverty reduction based on client access to food, housing, health care, education, and income.