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What is STEP?

STEP is a volunteer program inspiring people to bridge the generations through empowering conversations.
Mission?  To change the social norm of aging and to understand the value of every person at any age.
Ashly McBunch

About the Poet Laureate program
Every two years the City of Olympia selects a Poet Laureate to engage our entire community in the
literary arts. Olympia’s take on the position of Poet Laureate is less an honorary title and more about
service over status. Duties include:

  • promoting poetry as an art form
  • expanding access to the literary arts,
  • and encouraging poetry as a community voice that contributes to a sense of place.

Ashly McBunch, Olympia's Poet Laureate

Meet Ashley this Saturday, January 22nd on our regular Zoom call.

Ashly McBunch is originally from the Midwest and moved to Olympia in 2017 when they were stationed at
Joint Base Lewis McChord. An Army retired veteran, Ashly spent many years writing for a creative outlet.
They enjoy the aspects of creative collaboration, performance and use of intuitive guidance to bring out
artistic expression that leads towards healing, growth, introspection and fun. They believe art is a tree
with many creative branches that connects us all through the same nurturing soil. They are excited about
exploring these inclusive artful branches with poetry and raising the poetic voices of Olympia.

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Sharing Time with Elders Project


Founded in Olympia in 2014, and in Victoria, Canada in 2018 - STEP elders and youth ages 13-25 meet every Saturday at 11am via Zoom.

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The Elder Project

STEP - Sharing Teens and Elders Project, and the Squaxin Island Tribe are proud to partner for The Elder Project connecting Youth and Elders to listen and document the stories that connect our past, our family, our community and our culture.

Due to COVID, STEP meets on Zoom 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 11:00 #834 1324 6232

STEP welcomes everyone to the table

All Ages

All Races

All Genders

All Religions

All Abilities

Come in with an open mind and leave your expectations at the door

Ask questions to understand

Try not to condemn or convert

Speak your truth with all due respect

Listen with patience

"I have hope for the future."

"I'm not afraid to talk to older people anymore."

"I learned that we have more similarities than differences. Elders have lived really interesting lives."

"STEP has given me another perspective in life and I am extremely grateful to be able to participate from another country."


Programs of Distinction award from Generations United in Washington DC

This prestigious award was granted to just five programs across the nation and has a three year designation.