The Next Step Fund, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   85 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 86A Sherman St Cambridge MA 02140 USA

Mission: To shatter limitations and elevate aspirations of teens and young adults impacted by cancer and life threatening blood diseases.
Results: Next Step has served over 3,000 deserving young people at retreats and educational workshops across the country.
Target demographics: Teenagers and young adults with cancer, HIV and sickle cell disease in New England and beyond.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 beneficiaries per year
Geographic areas served: New England, National
Programs: Strive for teens and young adutls with Sickle Cell, One Love for teens and young adults living with HIV, Face2Face for teens and young adults with cancer and Family for our young adults who are care dependent.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 04-3579298
617-864-2921
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Rating: 5 stars  

After volunteering at The Hole in The Wall Camp and becoming more aware of the problems these kids have in life I was thrilled to learn about Next Step . Life goes on after 15 but very little support systems are available for these people with life altering problems. I totally support the goals of Next Step .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ptograms

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the good fortune of spending a day with Next Step's One Love Project. The passion and energy with which Bill and Rena work is truly inspiring. The One Love Project youth that we worked with were incredibly smart, open, honest, and engaged, however it took some very skilled facilitation from Rena and Bill to draw out these talents and behavior. I watched the room transform from a group of still slightly sleepy young adults (it was early on a Saturday morning) into a full-fledged passionate brain storming session because of Rena and Bill, their leadership skills, and the amazing respect that all participants showed toward the staff and each other.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working directly with the project youth and Bill and Rena in developing ideas for the One Love Project website design.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate enough to work with Next Step on a corporate community service project. I am thoroughly impressed with the programs, dedication of the staff and general heart that goes into Next Step. It was brought to my attention that babies and adults with life-threatening disease generally have a huge amount resources/support available to them but teens and young adults do not. It's hard enough being a teenager going into young adulthood. Recognizing there was a gap in support and stepping up and filling in that gap is nothing less than angelic. I've heard stories and seen the stories through video of kids, many of whom were born with these diseases, who have been positively affected by Next Steps programming - life changing! Wish there were more orgs like Next Step.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Next Step is an exemplary organization that makes it possible for young adults with devastating illnesses find hope. Their programs/retreat provide opportunities for these young adults to network with others, challenge themselves to new possibilities, and to find out that anything is possible. All the Next Step staff are wonderful professional individuals who are with this organization because they care and seek to make the lives of young adults with many challenges better. I have seen first hand at my attended retreats with survivors of cancer, how they foster the self esteem and success in young adult cancer survivors who otherwise would never have believed "they can do it." (ROPES and ART).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My direct observation and collaboration with The Next Step in many young adult cancer and cancer survivor retreats. I have seen individual survivor who came to the retreats without any potential hope for... and go away with resources, and self empowerment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to make it even better if that is possible, and be sure that The Next Step efforts continue to be funded for the sake of the young adults with devastating illnesses or circumstances.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an extraordinary non-profit! I am the mother of a 17 year old female, who has aged out of the camp she had attended for many years. She has a rare, genetic bone disease that affects only 1 in 2 million individuals worldwide. Her muscles are turning into bone, forming a 2nd immobilizing skeleton. There is currently no treatment or cure for this disease. She, like anyone her age, has a great need to socialize, be accepted, respected and loved for who she is, to feel good about herself, gain more independence and confidence for the rest of her life. I believe Next Step is indispensable to further her success and happiness in life. All the staff are incredible individuals, professional in every sense of the word, yet extremely fun to be around. How can it be any better than that? I wish there were more places in the world, available to her. It doesn't cost anything. Next Step is a gift to her and a huge blessing in her life!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how my daughter lives her life. She counts the days until she can attend these retreats. She lights up when she talks about her experiences and is more confident, secure and open to trying new things. It is my belief that she is being challenged to be a better person, and she doesn't even know that that is occurring! :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to have more branches of this organization put in place. This would be so my daughter could be more involved on a regular basis, with peers, instead of just for the Young Adult/Caregiver Retreats, currently available to her. It would be wonderful for Next Step to actually have a large camp-like facility, fully funded and available for year-round activities!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at One Love for the past two years. i have personally seen the benefits of youth participating in this amazing and one of a kind conference. It provides them the space to meet other youth that share their experiences, to develop leadership skills, have a voice, have fun, and not feel alone. One Love provides something that no other program for youth living with HIV provides, a skill set that will help them through out their lives to not only survive this deadly disease but to flourish, be leaders, advocates and supports for others like themselves and in the name of all youth living with HIV.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the One Love conference and attending the youth planning committee meetings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make the conference longer and available to more youth around the country

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Rating: 3 stars  

"1loveproject/Nextstep"has given the youth all over the world reason to live despite the life threatening diseases they are facing.And i believe with enough ssupport we shall see more of "1loveporject/Nextsteps' wonders.LETS DO AWAY WITH THE FEAR OF LIFE TREATENING DISEASES IN US AND SAVE THE GENERATION TO COME WITH "1LOVEPROJECCT/NEXTSTEP".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i have meet with rena griefinger who has told me about 1loveproject/mextstep.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i would set up differnt branches of 1loveproject/nextstep in different countries of the world.

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