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Mission: The mission of the California Step Association is to celebrate, safeguard and expand the tradition and culture of step in California.

Results: Started (3) youth step teams, started the first step show competition for the LA/Watts Summer Games, supported students at CSU, Long Beach with the execution of their historical university step show competition

Target demographics: K-collegiate students

Direct beneficiaries per year: California Youth

Programs: Cali Youth Step League (K-12) Cali Greek Step League Step Show Production/Hosting Team Creation Support Academic Support Services Scholarships

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Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

CSA is an awesome organization! These women came to my high school campus to put on a presentation for my students. They were very captivating, professional and their stepping was great. As a result, the interest in starting a step team was extremely high. For about six months, a member of CSA came to train the students and we are still continuing this wonderful art form and have added new members.
Please continue your great work with our youth!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first got the opportunity to see the organization, the first thing that attracted me was the passion that they illustrated in their performance. Not only was their performance amazing, it was also creative and precise. CSA's positive energy was felt throughout the room by the audience.

Keep up the good work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The California Step Association is an absolutely awesome organization to be a part of! CSA shows you that the art form of step is so much more than what you see on stage. The youth we serve in the community are also exposed to business development and leadership which prepares them for their future endeavors. One of the most notable characteristics of the CSA is the amount of steppers that continue to serve the organization once they have matriculated to college. The future of the CSA is definitely bright!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The CSA is pure awesomeness! I had the opportunity to witness this organization perform and the precision, professionalism, and creativity are nothing less than exemplary! Can't wait for my next CSA experience! Excellent job ladies!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a way to introduce our youth center students to some of the extracurricular activities available in college. We felt step dance was an ideal way to do this for our South Los Angeles area students in grades 3-12. What we found was more than we imagined. Cali Step has done more than just teach our students how to step. Under the director of Tammy Johnson, they have also taught them about the history of step and how to best represent it through good grades, good attitudes and good poise. Cali Step has a well-rounded approach that fit well with our mission for good citizenship and academic excellence. It has been a great motivator for our students to do well in school and at the center and to work hard and be serious about their craft. As a result, the Wooten Steppers have performed in Las Vegas, at KidSpace Museum, the Staples Center and more. Tammy has taught and showed them that hard work pays off, something I have seen translate over into their grades and behavior. Much more than an extracurricular activity! It's a life-changing opportunity that our students will remember forever. We awarded Tammy with our Myrtle Faye Rumph Community Service Award at our annual dinner this year for her stellar work making a difference in the lives of our students. -- Naomi McSwain, executive director, Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, Los Angeles, CA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an outsider looking in, the California Step Association have definitely exceeded the expectations of naysayers. The performances and services done by this organization truly embodies the positive energy in which not only the community should witness but the world.

Tamarah Artis

Board Member

Rating: 5

When the California Step Association (CSA) was founded in 2011, I had no doubt it would positively impact the community; however, I had no clue it would do so with such depth and in such a short amount of time! In the past 2 years, CSA has actualized its mission and immediately fulfilled its original vision of being the premiere authority on the performance dance art of step in California. CSA has worked with a multitude of schools, community organizations and businesses with a reach that continues to grow far beyond the California borders. I couldn't be more proud to work with and help grow this amazing organization.

MrsDidi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud member of the California Step Association! I have only been involved for 4 months, but, my time with this Organization has giving me the ability to not only reach out further to my goals in life but to also help others achieve their set goals. I'm surrounded around a group of fantastic people that have so many things in common. From our head strong personalities, to the elevated love we have for step and hoping the legacy continues in generations to come. I am honored to be apart of such a next dimension organization. I LOVE CSA!!! they stepped in right when I wanted to step down!! Thank You Tammy and my fellow friends!! Love you all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to CSA in December of 2012 and it was a life changing experience! Since then, I have been able to further explore my passion for working with youth and young adults in the urban community and exposing them to the art of step, which is also the main catalyst for their academic development. Through step, CSA encourages students to be more active members of their local community and use the art form to be not only physically healthy, but also mentally. This exposure also helps students to see the opportunities available to them beyond K-12 and pushes them to want to succeed on a post-secondary level. We work with youth of all ages, coordinating step clinics, education-based workshops, and local step show competitions. We also have been able to introduce CSA to a national audience, reaching kids and other organizations across the U.S. through major performances at Staples and on nationally syndicated television shows. It is an honor to work with the California Step Association helping to make a difference to a diverse community of youth and young adults. The organization has proven that you can be a positive influence in the academic, social, and professional endeavors of today's youth! Go CSA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the California Step Association (CSA) since December of 2012. I love this organization because its strong passion for stepping and educating our youth matches my passion. I love performing arts, especially dancing and stepping, and I'm always interested in mentoring and educating the youth of today. CSA provides that outlet to make it happen. I've had the chance to visit schools throughout the Los Angeles Area with CSA and we would leave with a standing ovation from the students and them Asking when we were coming back. We were able to teach them about the history of step, show them a brief routine and even invite some students to participate in learning a short routine. More importantly, we were able to motivate the students to want to go to college and join organizations where they could also come back and help out their communities. Working with CSA gives me warm and fuzzies especially when I see the smiles on these kids faces. CSA always leaves positive life changing impressions!