Skills Transitioning and Employment Pathways to Success (S.T.E.P.S.) was founded in 2019, but its true inception began years before. Our founder, Traci Johnston, spent nearly two decades working as a special education teacher in our community. She saw the lack of opportunities available to her students following high school and the anxiety this caused her students and their families. With the help of one of her former students, she created an educational and exciting day program in Deer Park, Next Step Transition Center. As the day program grew, so did the feeling she could do more. She felt the calling to create a program where young adults could continue to grow in their independence and skills. S.T.E.P.S. was created to provide community-based vocational training, volunteer opportunities, and employment opportunities for young adults who would like to explore their unique talents. We are so proud to offer young adults the opportunity to gain confidence and independence through skills and monetary compensation!
We began our non-profit with these goals in mind: 1. Increase community-based vocational training, volunteer, and employment opportunities available to individuals with special needs in our area. 2. Give those who thought they were unable to work in the community a community-based vocational training, volunteer, and employment center where they can make the most of their individual talents within our first year 3. To provide financial aid through grants for individuals to receive community-based vocational training. 4. Establish a permanent facility with multiple vocational training and volunteer centers within five years of inception
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