The STEPS Youth Program supports young people dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety by building wellness through social and recreational activities. Offered from September to June, the STEPS program meets weekly.
Through fun and challenging recreational activities STEPS encourages youth to interact in a nurturing and non-judgemental environment while promoting healthy living habits. Activities like hiking, yoga and laser tag build self-confidence and strengthen both social and personal fitness goals.
The program touches on all aspects of wellness aiming to equip participants with understanding, skills and strategies for living and maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle.
An open group chat between the STEPS coordinator and participants keeps youth connected and supported throughout the week. One-on-one meet-ups are also offered as needed.
How does it help?
STEPS has been proven to be effective in youth 13-18, with 100% of participants reporting a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms. Clinicians are not only hearing that their clients enjoy STEPS, but are also noticing noticeable differences in their clients’ presentations. Youth are asking to stay on with the program and are telling their friends about us, and parents are often thanking us for the work that we do.
Who is it for?
STEPS is offered in two Cohorts:
- Youth aged 13-18
- Older youth aged 19-29
How can I get involved?
For more information or to join the program, contact STEPS Youth Program Coordinator, Claire Ramsfield at email@example.com
We are able to offer STEPS for free to youth through the generous support of donors like you. To help us provide the STEPS program to more North Shore youth, please donate.