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Step Forward Hosts Volunteer Best Practices Training for Schools

As the 2019-2020 school year begins, Step Forward hosted a volunteer best practices training for schools that take part in the Third Grade Literacy Volunteer program in Sci-Port Discovery Center's Jones meeting room. Laura Alderman and Kathy Brandon spoke to the group...

Step Forward Recognized for Getting Better Results for Youth

In recognition of its impact on the lives of youth across Northwest Louisiana, StriveTogether designated Step Forward as a “Sustaining” Cradle to Career Network member. Just 46 communities have received this designation as part of a national movement to help every...

Launching a Work-based Learning Program

In the summer of 2019, Step Forward, Red River Parish Schools and the International Youth Foundation partnered to create work-based learning opportunities for students in Red River Parish. Guided by community leaders in Step Forward's Building Futures network team,...

Resilience Screening

Step Forward showed the documentary Reslience: The Science of Stress and the Biology of Hope to a group of faith leaders at Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church. The audience of over forty were introduced to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) by Laura Alderman and Jean...

Building Foundations Network Team Drafts new Theory of Change

Step Forward's Building Foundations Team, a combination of the Early Childhood and Early Literacy Network Teams has been drafting new language that will act as guides for the group. In order to ensure that the network team is on the right track when tackling issues...

Smart City Workshop Outcomes Report

The City of Shreveport’s Chief Technology Officer, Keith Hanson presented outcomes from the first “Smart City Workforce Analysis” workshop held on March 12, 2019, where employers from Shreveport’s technology sector identified skills gaps in the labor market for...

Become a Literacy Volunteer

Step Forward adds new literacy volunteer training orientations for Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, and Webster Parishes. During the 2018-19 school year, nearly 500 students in Northwest Louisiana sat down for an hour each week with a literacy volunteer to strengthen emerging...

My Brother’s Keeper Outcomes Report

As the My Brother's Keeper network team expands its purpose statement and theory of change, Laura Alderman and Clay Walker presented outcomes to the group on June 5th, 2019. The goals of the network team established in 2015 were to reduce Part 2 (misdemeanor) juvenile...

EMDR Training

As a part of the NWLA Thrive Initative, Step Forward provided scholarships for 22 licensed mental health clinicians who serve Medicaid clients to receive training in evidence-based practices to treat trauma. The first training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization...

Caddo Schools ACEs Training

Laura Alderman gave an ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) presentation to nearly 150 school counselors as a part of Caddo Parish School's Trauma Informed School District Plan. More ACEs trainings will be conducted throughout the summer. Additionally, school staff...