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Passport to Success Training of Master Trainers

Passport to Success Training of Master Trainers

Step Forward and The International Youth Foundation hosted a two-day Passport to Success master-trainer workshop for participants from Northwest Louisiana and Texas. After the completion of their training, attendees of the workshop will be able to lead Passport to...

Suicide Rate Rises for Teens and Young Adults, Report

Suicide Rate Rises for Teens and Young Adults, Report

In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, teen suicide rates showed an increase between 2007 and 2017. This is a change from a 7 year stable rate from 2000-2007. In 2017, suicide and homicide were the second and third leading causes of death for persons...

DCFS At MBK MTG

DCFS At MBK MTG

Dr. Renda Hodnett, Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare at the Department of Children and Family Services, Judge David Matlock, and Mark Harris and Michelle Gros from the Pelican Center for Children and Families spoke to Step Forward's My Brother's Keeper network...

TAC Presents to Leadership Council

TAC Presents to Leadership Council

The NWLA Teen Advisory Committee vice president, Robert Lawrence and other members presented to Step Forward's Leadership at the beginning of October to discuss the TAC's position statement and areas of key concerns.  Position Statement We, the members of Step...

Step Forward Visits Highland Jazz and Blues Festival

Step Forward Visits Highland Jazz and Blues Festival

Kathy Brandon and Kirk Reedstrom visited the Highland Jazz and Blues Fest with Common Ground to talk to attendees about #BabysBrainFood. Each guest who stopped by the Step Forward Table received pamphlets on Kindergarten Readiness and a giveaway stress-ball brain with...

Dr. Judith Carta visits Building Foundations Network

Dr. Judith Carta visits Building Foundations Network

Dr. Judith Carta, Associate Director of the Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Senior Scientist in the Institute for Life Span Studies, and Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas, spoke to Step Forward's Building Foundations NEtwork Team about...

NWLA Thrive Updates

NWLA Thrive Updates

 On September 10th, Laura Alderman, Roxanne Johnson, and Toccara Huckaby presented outcomes to the Shreveport City Council on NWLA Thrive's School-Based pilot program. Of the 51 children in the after-school program, the vast majority were in the fifth grade. The...

Literacy Volunteer Orientations

Literacy Volunteer Orientations

Step Forward's Early Literacy Facilitator, Kathy Brandon ran two additional Literacy Volunteer Orientations on August 15th and August 20th. Potential volunteers learned the basics of the reading experience as well as community needs.  Last year, more than 2,400...

Baby’s Brain Food Resources

Baby’s Brain Food Resources

Baby's Brain Food Resources Baby's Brain Food is Step Forward's public service message on early brain development, sponsored by a generous grant from the Committee of One Hundred.

TAC Students Featured by IYF

TAC Students Featured by IYF

Four members of the NWLA Teen Advisory Committee were featured on the International Youth Foundation's blog to answer questions about education. Robert, Lillie, Annika, and Jaden have big ambitions. Seventeen-year-old classmates from Shreveport, Louisiana, Robert...