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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah50

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Face Forward program through Next Step for the first time last summer. I have Mitochondrial Disease which is a progressive energy metabolism disorder that causes multiple organ failure. I was a little hesitant when I first got to the camp, but it was probably one of the best weeks of my life. I met so many amazing kids and after just 4 days it felt like we had known each other for a year. The staff were all so kind and awesome and the environment was incredible, very supportive, encouraging and positive. I love that there is a camp where I could go even with all my medical needs and one where all the other kids understand what it's like to live with a disease that changes your life and still keep on going and living a happy life. I made good friends who I am in regular touch with. Overall it was incredible and I am counting down till the next summer session! Face Forward gets me through the hard times!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and volunteer at the care givers weekend, I am humbled by the spirit and energy of the kids, parents and volunteers. I am proud to be a part of the Next Step organization. To be part of an organization whose mission is "to shatter limitations and elevate aspirations of teens and young adults" is wonderful.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Life is full of challenges - most of us are lucky or fortunate to be healthy enough to meet these hurdles without the extra challenge of sickness. Next Step drew me to it like no other organization has or could. They do amazing life altering things for so many. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is hard enough. Next Step helps with that transition when sickness and health issues complicate. Bringing compassion, skills and an inexhaustible supply of humor, Next Step fills a void of support; it teaches people how to start living their lives and stop living their diagnosis.

My wife Rose offered me an opportunity to give back - she brought me to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in CT. From there she and Bill Kubicek gave me the life changing opportunity to help Next Step reach around the world.

Thank you,
Stephen W. Starnes - Chairman - Next Step

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Next Step since the very beginning. It has been exciting to see the growth of the organization over the last ten years -- how it has adapted and changed to meet the needs of its constuents, and yet remained true to its core values and promise. As a volunteer at Next Step weekends, I have seen first hand the unique and life-changing work that Bill and his team do. Next Step truly is a one-of-a-kind organization with a great soul -- and is truly making concrete and dramatic changes in the lives of the amazing young people that it serves.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Getting access to quality medical treatment is only part of the problem for young people suffering from AIDS, sickle cell and cancer. They need personal support to cope with these debilitating diseases too, and that is what Next Step does really well. Whether it is the 1-1 tutoring and mentoring that the Strive program provides for teens with sickle cell, Face2Face’s retreats and workshops for young adults with cancer, or the support and education that One Love gives to young people suffering from AIDS, these programs make a difference! The friends and relatives that care for young people struggling to cope with these diseases need help too, and that is where the CARE program fits in. I am very proud to support what Next Step does. I also appreciate the way they use my money – 80% of it goes to the programs.

Review from Guidestar