About Us

Next Step shatters limitations and elevates aspirations of young people with serious illness during their transition to adulthood. In our years of experience working with this amazing community, we have developed transformative programming based on a repeatable process of change.

How It Works

We believe that a young person’s medical condition should not define them. The Next Step Change Process is a three-step cycle that helps young people take their next step towards becoming a productive and fulfilled adult.

Next Step Central

Next Step Central, our welcoming office space in Cambridge, Mass., is the heart of our community and the hub for our mentorship programs, music therapy, group projects and social gatherings.

Our Board and Staff

Our Board and team members bring the Next Step vision to life, ensuring that the organization grows and thrives. Learn more about the unique skills and passion each brings to our work.


Executive Director Bill Kubicek founded Next Step in 2001 with the support and guidance of the late actor/philanthropist Paul Newman to address the needs of young people with life-threatening illnesses.


We believe in transparency and good governance. Review our 990s and audited financial statements here.

Press Room

We love it when our work is recognized! Check out some of the articles featuring our mission and our incredible young people.

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