By The Numbers

Since our founding in 2001, we have worked with more than 8,00 young people at Next Step. We make every effort to increase the availability of our programs and services each year, and to measure the impact that our programs have so that we can understand and evolve them accordingly.

2019 Program Metrics

  • We offered 8 Campferences, including a new Studio Campference
  • We offered 56 STRIVE programs
  • Across all Campferences, participants’ feeling comfortable thinking about their diagnosis increased by 77%
  • Young people participated in 3,500 hours of programming at Next Step Central!

We worked with many young people to build skills and the self-confidence needed to move forward in their life:

  • 125 Song Studio sessions (In-Person & Virtual)
  • 70 young people attended our Campferences
  • 46 teens attended STRIVE

We have seen many measurable milestones achieved by young people who have done significant work with Next Step staff and volunteers, including:

  • 6 community songs were written in Song Studio
  • 7 young people graduated from our Summer Campference program
  • 26 young people performed or spoke at public or outreach events for Next Step
  • 90% of program participants set life goals with Next Step staff


“Next Step taught me how to successfully advocate for myself. The community gave me tools to be confident and successful in my life.”NEXT STEP YOUTH

2019 Program Survey Feedback

“I have a community where I can express my thoughts, feelings, and experiences about my medical illness.

  • Pre-program: 69% strongly agree
  • Post Program: 93% strongly agree

“I have a plan for making my life more balanced.”

  • Pre-program: 60% strongly agree
  • Post Program: 89% strongly agree

“I know I can change the things I want to change in my life.”

  • Post Program: 93% strongly agree

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