In the News

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...

TAC Speaks to Leadership Council

Returning from their trip to San Antonio to speak at the International Youth Foundation's Strengthening Youth Opportunity in Rural America conference, the Teen Advisory Committee presented to Step Forward's Leadership Council about the issues they identified as most...

Crafting U Laptop Ceremony

50 students from Keithville Elementary and Middle School, Fair Park Preparatory Academy, and Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School were awarded personal laptops after completing the Crafting U curriculum at an end of school year ceremony on Thursday, May 9th. The laptops...

Give for Good 2019

Thank you to everyone who was a part of 2019's Give for Good! Step Forward raised $8,939 from 72 donors!  Laura Alderman and Kirk Reedstrom started the day bright and early with KTBS's morning news. Every hour, Step Forward highlighted one of the 49 collaborative...