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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

6 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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization finds a million-and-one ways to bring happiness, joy, and solidarity to the young people they work with. Every time I see a picture of an event, I see a sea of smiles. It takes special people to do this work. The Next Step staff are the real deal.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

Next Step is doing a hard job, but you would never know it from the joy and energy they bring to it. It takes a special group of people to make a program so full of life and fun for so many young people.

I work in a nearby office. I became a donor because I watched them work. They are special. Full of imagination, style and compassion. They do the serious work as well as anyone else. But, it is with the kids and the programs they put together, that they really shine. What other group do you know that has a huge inflatable gorilla as a mascot??

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

From the conception of Next Step I have observed Bill Kubicek bring together a viable program for young adults with life threatening illness .
The seasoned and creative staff is dedicated to promote and accomplish the goals of Next Step. The reviews of the retreats and activities of Next Step held in CT, MA and TX have been rave...and they are requested to return year after year. I know that the board of Next step is very supportive, progressive and strong. I am proud to be able to say "I knew about Next Step when it was learning to walk."

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Having worked with children with life threatening illnesses for many years, I was thrilled when Next Step came on the scene. Finally an organization that recognizes that challenges stay with young people into adulthood! They need the support all the more as they work to achieve meaningful and independent lives. As a donor, I am always informed about what my dollars are actually doing. I have received calls from Board members and newsletters and emails full of real stories and indications of Next Step's growth and evolution. I live on the West Coast and tend to fund locally, but Next Step is such a standout organization in its mission and passionate leadership that I made an exception. I'm so glad I did!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We have interacted for years with Bill Kubicek and support his organization's wonderful work with teens and young adults with life-threatening diseases. Without his support, these teens would not receive the attention or services they so desperately need. We give him high recommendations for his work and the efforts of the entire organization.
Joe and Liz Corcoran
Impact Performance Group, Inc.
Wellesley, MA

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I witnessed the vision for Next Step evolving more than a decade ago, as Founder Bill Kubicek wrestled with how to continue serving a population of seriously ill children who were fast becoming young adults. We worked together at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. His dream has become a healing reality for thousands of teens and young adults battling serious illness. Today, Bill and his staff are a resource for this population of young people throughout the country - both in service and in education for the care providers. I am deeply moved and inspired by Next Step's authentic quest to improve lives by creating healing communities and teaching concrete and valuable life skills. They have my lifelong support.
James Canton, CEO The Hole in the wall Gang Camp

Review from Guidestar