Educational Institutions

Next Step

  • Saint Louis, MO
  • http://thenextstepstl.org

Mission Statement

Many families have been affected by the disease of alcoholism or chemical dependency. Often, relationships with family and friends are damaged beyond repair, and individuals lose financial as well as emotional support. A 12 step program can help individuals with spiritual and emotional recovery while maintaining sobriety. Those who have actively participated in a 12 step recovery program often get to a point where they feel ready to take the next step: furthering their education. This is where The Next Step comes in – we help people in recovery take the next step in improving their lives.

Our mission is to provide financial assistance for individuals in the greater St. Louis, MO area who are active in recovery from alcohol and/or chemicals and are pursuing an academic and/or vocational education.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

We serve the following counties:

Missouri
St. Louis
St. Charles
Jefferson
Lincoln
Franklin
Warren
Washington

Illinois
Jersey
Madison
St Clair
Monroe


*Please contact us regarding other St. Louis area communities.

ruling year

2005

President, Board of Directors

Self-reported

Darcy Glidewell

Vice President, Board of Directors

Self-reported

Clay Jenkins

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Scholarships, Addiction, Recovery, AA, NA, School

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EIN

20-1750945

 Number

1076676768

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

University or Technological (B43)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our organization's goal is to provide individuals in the St. louis area who are in recovery from alcoholism and chemical dependency with the financial assistance necessary to further their education. The recipients of the financial aid that we provide must meet rigorous qualifications that require them to demonstrate legitimate financial need, be working full-time or part-time, and be actively involved in a 12-step recovery program. All our funding is used to cover tuition or book expenses, and the funds are distributed directly to colleges, universities, or technical schools. Over the past three years our organization has awarded over $335,000 in academic scholarships to 150 deserving individuals in the St. Louis area. We believe this demonstrates the effectiveness of our programs in meeting our mission of providing financial assistance to further the education of individuals recovering from alcoholism or chemical dependency.
Our ultimate goal is to reach every individual in the St. Louis area who is in recovery and in need of financial assistance to further their education. We seek to provide the funds necessary for tuition and books to these individuals that meet our scholarship criterion. This requires us to first identify the individuals in need, and then raise the funds necessary to further their education.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarships

We provide scholarships for individuals who are active in recovery and pursuing a higher education. All funds are paid directly to the learning institution.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

200,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our ultimate goal is to reach every individual in the St. Louis area who is in recovery and in need of financial assistance to further their education. We seek to provide the funds necessary for tuition and books to these individuals that meet our scholarship criterion. This requires us to first identify the individuals in need, and then raise the funds necessary to further their education.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    a. Our strategy includes expanding our community outreach to make all qualified individuals in the St. Louis area who need of financial assistance aware of our services. We will do this by using utilizing all available media services, including print and social media; as well as utilizing personal contact with organizations and individuals that have links to people in recovery.

    b. Current strategy also includes continuing and expanding our fundraising efforts that currently generate approximately $100,000 annually in scholarship funding. These efforts consist primarily of a Golf Tournament in the summer and a Scholarship Fundraising Dinner in the fall.

    c. We would also like to develop new sources of fundraising, which includes implementation of a year-round giving program, and pursuit of grant money that may be available to our organization.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization has an active, all-volunteer 10 member board of directors, and a 7 member advisory board. These board members provide management guidance for the organization, as well as the manpower to administer our fundraising programs and our scholarship programs. In addition, we have a large number of our scholarship recipients that volunteer to assist us with our fundraising and scholarship activities. Recently, we added a grant writer to our staff to specifically pursue grant money that may be available to our organization.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We assess our progress by monitoring the number of scholarship applications that we receive annually, and the number of scholarships and amount of funds that we distribute. In addition to tracking the applications received and scholarships awarded, we also monitor graduation rates and educational fields of study. Since our organization was started in 2005, we have awarded 400 scholarships and distributed over $650,000 to worthy individuals. In future years we hope to expand our outreach to cover an even larger part of the St. Louis area, and assist a greater number of people in our community that need our assistance.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

We serve the following counties:

Missouri
St. Louis
St. Charles
Jefferson
Lincoln
Franklin
Warren
Washington

Illinois
Jersey
Madison
St Clair
Monroe


*Please contact us regarding other St. Louis area communities.

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Next Step

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President, Board of Directors

Darcy Glidewell

Vice President, Board of Directors

Clay Jenkins

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Darcy Glidewell

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