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Teen of the Month: Chicago’s Bianca

Bianca

Bianca Villegas is a freshman at Carl Schurz High School. She is a straight-A student and a member of JROTC. She is a reserved and quiet girl, but through her time at Step Up, she has started to become more outgoing and confident in speaking her thoughts. When she first started with Step Up, she found it very difficult to share with the group, but over the past 6 months, she has grown more confident and open with her inner feelings. She is always respectful of the others girls, and continues to grow into a stronger girl each and every week.

Step Up to Success: 8 Ways to Build a Better Online Presence


Liz Dennery Sanders

Luminary Circle founding member and former chair of the Los Angeles Board of Directors Liz Dennery Sanders offers Step Up members insight each month into key steps to success. 

Let’s face it, the world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Can you even remember a time when you went an entire day (let alone an hour) without checking your phone? Or one of your social media platforms?

As we navigate the digital age, it’s important to remember that in addition to face-to-face contact with people, and interactions with brick and mortar businesses, we’re also interacting and building a reputation online.

In fact, have you Googled yourself lately? You might be surprised what you find.
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Where Are They Now: Step Up alumna Kenia Rodriguez

Kenia as a member of the Step Up Class of 2012 at North-Grand High School.

In this monthly column, we’re catching up with some of our most memorable teen programs participants who are now busy fulfilling their potential and changing the world!

You may know her as Kenia Rodriguez, Step Up alumna and current DePaul University sophomore.

For now.

Soon, you may call her Attorney Kenia Rodriguez, Dr. Rodriguez, or State Representative Rodriguez.

Yes, Kenia dreams big and dreams frequently.
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Behind the Camera

Dimitra Nikolopoulou

Behind the Camera is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of the nine filmmakers featured in LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival by, for and about women. Each week, the Step Up Blog will feature two incredible women and their passion for film and storytelling. Buy your tickets to this year’s LUNAFEST on February 27 in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago here. Step Up supporters save 20% on tickets with the code StepUp.

Dimitra Nikolopoulou

Dimitra Nikolopoulou studied Geology at Athens University and Film at Paris III University. She works as a first assistant director on films, advertisements and television series. Running Dry is her fourth short film.
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Behind the Camera

Catherine van Campen

Behind the Camera is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of the nine filmmakers featured in LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival by, for and about women. Each week, the Step Up Blog will feature two incredible women and their passion for film and storytelling. Buy your tickets to this year’s LUNAFEST on February 27 in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago here. Step Up supporters save 20% on tickets with the code StepUp.

Catherine van Campen

Catherine van Campen lives and works in Amsterdam as an independent radio presenter and documentary filmmaker. Her debut film, Eternal Mash, won the 2006 IDFA Completion Prize for most promising film plan. In 2009, Van Campen made her second film with the award winning script Drona & me, a short documentary about two brothers who toured around the world. Flying Anne is her third film. Her latest film, Painful Painting, premiered at IDFA 2011 and she is currently finishing another documentary, Silent Talking, while also working on a radio-documentary project with Stef Visjager and jazz musician Joep Pelt.
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