Is this the program for you?​

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then it just might be.


  • Do you work all the time, but still have trouble paying the bills?
  • Have you missed work because your childcare is not reliable?
  • Do you want to move up in your career, but need more training or education in order to do so?
  • Are you one financial emergency away from being in financial ruin?
  • Do you meet the necessary requirements?

Customized pathways to financial stability

Take a chance. Build confidence. Increase income. Reap the rewards.
Tap into Level Up to access the community resources and support you need to succeed. Provided in a one-on-one setting, we’ll help strengthen your resolve to build a better future for you and your family. Level Up with access to:
  • Soft skills training
  • Financial education training
  • Trade/certification training
  • Job connection, employment and retention guidance
  • Financial and social-emotional assistance to eliminate barriers
The program is flexible to meet client needs. Depending upon client circumstances, the program can be completed anywhere from 12 to 24 months.

Clients Receive

  • Navigator one-on-one support services:
    • Financial education counseling and access to workshops on topics like expense planning, credit repair, savings and home ownership.
    • Career planning support.
    • Assistance navigating community resources.
    • Support and encouragement network.
  • If applicable,
    • Access to training, licensing and certification opportunities to support career goals.
    • Access to community resources that help you gain financial stability now.
The Level Up program, a flagship initiative of United Way Northwest Indiana, is dedicated to uplifting and empowering families and individuals in our region. This program provides essential tools and resources to help participants break the cycle of poverty, boost their educational attainment, and carve out sustainable career paths. Through the Level Up program, United Way Northwest Indiana is committed to creating lasting change and building a stronger community for all.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Poverty is a complex issue that affects individuals and families in various ways. It often leads to limited access to education, healthcare, and job opportunities, which can perpetuate the cycle of poverty for generations. The primary goal of the Level Up program is to break this cycle and provide individuals with the resources and support they need to achieve financial stability and independence.

Boosting Educational Attainment

Education is a powerful tool for breaking barriers and creating opportunities. That’s why the Level Up program offers various educational resources, such as tutoring services, after-school programs, and college preparation workshops. By investing in education, we are investing in the future success of individuals and our community as a whole.

Carving Out Sustainable Career Paths

Having a stable and fulfilling career is crucial for achieving financial stability. Through the Level Up program, participants can access job training programs, career counseling services, and job placement assistance. This not only helps individuals secure employment but also empowers them to build long-term careers that provide financial security and professional growth.

A Commitment to Lasting Change

The Level Up program is more than just a temporary fix for those in need. It’s a commitment to creating lasting change and building a stronger community for all. By addressing the root causes of poverty and providing individuals with the tools to overcome them, we are working towards a future where all members of our community have equal access to opportunities for success.


So, how does the Level Up program work? It starts by identifying those in need and providing them with personalized support and resources. Our team of dedicated professionals works closely with participants to develop individualized plans that address their unique needs and goals.


Through ongoing education, job training, and career development opportunities, our participants gain the skills and knowledge necessary to break the cycle of poverty and achieve long-term financial independence. Additionally, we connect participants with community resources and services that can further support their journey to self-sufficiency.


First, participants are carefully selected based on their financial need, commitment and professional and career development. The program then provides personalized support services to help these individuals overcome barriers such as lack of access to quality education or higher employment opportunities. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, the Level Up program also offers a comprehensive financial literacy pathway to assist participants in maintaining a continued sense of fiscal responsibility, while gaining knowledgeable insights into how to make informed financial decisions. Additionally, the program encourages participants to give back to their community through volunteer opportunities and mentorship programs, creating a cycle of generosity and empowerment.


But the support doesn’t end there. The Level Up program also offers financial literacy workshops, budgeting assistance, and access to affordable housing options, all aimed at helping individuals achieve long-term stability. Additionally, the program connects participants with mentors and role models who can provide guidance and support as they navigate their educational and career journeys.


By investing in the Level Up program, you’re not just donating money, but you’re providing people with the means to level up their lives. You’re fueling the path to their success and fostering a stronger, more resilient community in Northwest Indiana.

The Impact of the Level Up Program

Since its inception, the Level Up program has made a significant impact on Northwest Indiana and its residents. Through various initiatives and partnerships, the program has helped individuals and families achieve financial stability, build their skillset, and pursue higher education opportunities.


One of the most impactful aspects of the Level Up program is its focus on breaking the cycle of poverty. By providing individuals with the necessary resources and support, the program is helping them gain a foothold in their career and achieve economic security. This not only benefits the individual but also has a ripple effect on their families and communities.


Moreover, the program’s emphasis on education and skill development has helped participants secure better job opportunities and increase their earning potential. This not only benefits them personally but also contributes to the economic growth of our region. As more individuals are equipped with the skills and resources needed to succeed, our community becomes stronger and more resilient.


Furthermore, the Level Up program has also helped bridge the gap between education and employment by providing participants with practical experience and connections to local businesses. This not only helps individuals gain a better understanding of their desired career field but also increases their chances of securing stable and fulfilling jobs.


In addition to these tangible impacts, the Level Up program has also fostered a sense of community and camaraderie among its participants. Through mentorship and networking opportunities, individuals have formed meaningful connections that continue to support them even after they have completed the program.


Overall, the Level Up program has had a transformative effect on Northwest Indiana, creating a positive and lasting impact on both individuals and the community as a whole. By supporting this program, you are investing in a better future for all of us.


The Level Up program by United Way Northwest Indiana stands as a beacon of hope for those eager to change their lives. It’s a testament to the sustainable impact that strategic support and community investment can create. Donors have a unique opportunity to contribute to an initiative that not only helps individuals in need but also seeds the foundation for a thriving community.


Your donation to the Level Up program is a direct investment in people’s potential to improve their socio-economic status, which in turn, benefits the wider region through economic growth and community strengthening. Giving to the Level Up program means you’re not just changing individual lives; you’re fostering a sustainable cycle of improvement and resilience that uplifts an entire community. By donating today, you play an integral role in perpetuating this force of positive change in Northwest Indiana.