What is STEP?
STEP is an international intergenerational program inspiring people of all races, genders, abilities and ages to bridge the generations through empowering conversations.
STEP's mission is to provide opportunities for people to learn and understand another person's value, no matter what age, to help grow a stronger community and world.
Founded in Olympia, 2014, STEP elders and youth ages 13-25 meet every Saturday at 11am via Zoom.
Founded in Victoria BC, STEP UP encourages youth 18-25 to learn and share with elders of the community.
"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.
STEP welcomes everyone to the table
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