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Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you Volunteers! Step Forward celebrated our partners at a Thank You Breakfast on December 20th. Guests enjoyed a potluck, and heard a presentation from Dr. Johnette Magner on digital wellness. Dr. Magner is Louisiana Tech's Director of External Affairs.  Thank...

Save the Date: NWLA Teen Summit on Mental Health

The Northwest Louisiana Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) will bring high school students together for the first Northwest Louisiana Teen Summit on Mental Health. Date: March 18th, 2020 Location: Louisiana Tech University Academic Success Center 6946 US-79, Bossier City,...

NWLA Early Childhood Policy Summit

NWLA Early Childhood Policy Summit

In the first event of its kind, community leaders and elected officials gathered over three days to learn about the importance of early childhood education, discover where Northwest Louisiana stands in statistics, and drafted collaborative goals to improve early...

Top 10 Growth School Awards

Top 10 Growth School Awards

Twenty Schools Awarded for their Growth in Key Academic Areas Step Forward awarded twenty schools for strides in Third Grade English Language Arts and High School Graduation in 2019. Ceremonies for the awards will take place at school board meetings throughout 2019....

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...