Founded in September 2007, the mission of the Steppin' It Up Coalition (SIUC) is to strengthen a generation of youth in Pickens County who are armed with the knowledge, motivation, and support to combat the temptations of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. SIUC received funding from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Grant in 2012 to help achieve this mission. DFC Funding was given for a 5 year period and totaled $625,000.


From 2012 to 2017, the SIUC has grown to approximately 100 members who believe in the vision of the coalition. Steppin' It Up Coalition's vision is to educate our youth on the danger and health implications of alcohol, tobacco, and drug exposure and use.


From its foundation, the coalition has actively advocated for a community that:

  • Prevents access to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products by youth

  • Promotes abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in youth.

  • Supports and promotes effective tobacco, alcohol, and drug cessation and counseling programs for all individuals.

  • Protects the health and safety of our children, youth, and adults.


In September 2017, the Steppin' It Up Coalition received Year 6 DFC Support Grant to continue funding of an additional $625,000 until September 2022. In the next five years, it is the hope of the SIUC to achieve sustainability to make a lasting impact in Pickens County.