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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, 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

 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

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 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

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...

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,...