Step Forward

Literacy Volunteer Training Dates

To support the reading success of early grade students in Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto Parish schools.
Please select one of three training options:

1. Stonewall DeSoto Parish Library
808 U.S. 171, Stonewall, LA 71078
Monday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. - noon

2. Bossier Instructional Center
2719 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111
Tuesday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. - noon

3. Community Foundation of North Louisiana
401 Edwards Street, #125, Shreveport, LA 71101
July 13 & 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. each night

Total training time is 3 hours. Must attend both sessions of Community Foundation location to complete training.

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What is Step Forward?

Step Forward is a catalyst for working together across sectors and geographical lines to prepare the students of Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto Parishes for academic achievement, productive citizenship and global competitiveness, from cradle to career.

What is the purpose of Step Forward?

Our region is program rich, but system poor. Step Forward exists to create a civic infrastructure that aligns and supports the myriad efforts to drive excellence in education locally. Currently, The Shreveport-Bossier Metropolitan Statistical Area (Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto Parishes) is facing a severe crisis. In our area, 18.5% of the population has less than a high school diploma or equivalency. Only 23.5% of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher. There is no doubt we must work together to support and improve our area’s entire educational enterprise, from cradle to career, if we are to compete in a 21st century global economy.

The partnership will provide support for learning communities and measure impact in each of the following critical sectors:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • K-8th grade
  • High School
  • Post-Secondary
  • Economic
  • Civic
  • Service

Part of the National Movement…

Step Forward is a member of the Strive Cradle to Career Network. The national Cradle to Career Network launched in 2011 as a way to connect communities who are building cradle to career civic infrastructure using the Strive Framework. The Network enables members like Step Forward to share expertise, identify and adapt programs that work and develop effective tools and resources that can be brought to bear on specific challenges. There are more than 80 communities currently a part of the Strive Network.