What Makes College-Based Intergenerational Programs Successful?

April 21, 2023

N.J. Pierce spoke with dozens of campus cogenerators. Here’s what she learned.

Rena Priest

Rena Priest

July 8, 2022

Rena Priest is a poet and an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) nation. She spoke with us on Saturday, June 11, 2022. She has been appointed to serve as the Washington State Poet Laureate for the term of April 2021-2023. She is the 2022 Maxine Cushing Gary Distinguished Writing Fellow, a Vadon Foundation Fellow,…

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Spring Newsletter 2022

April 18, 2022

Please read our Spring Newsletter here.

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Winter Newsletter 2022

February 18, 2022

Please read our Winter Newsletter here.

Ashly McBunch

Poet Laureate Ashley McBunch returns to Step and helps us all find our inner poet January 2022

February 1, 2022

City of Olympia’s Poet Laureate Ashly McBunch joined STEP in June 2021 to read her poetry about intersectionality and share her process of writing poetry. They returned to STEP in January with an amazing workshop that helped us gather our words about Belonging. Ashly walked through a scenario of being in a room of unknown…

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STEP – Sharing Teens and Elders Project, Seeds of Change, Thurston County Juvenile Court’s Youth Development Program

February 1, 2022

2021 was a year filled with uncertainty and unique challenges. In spite of those circumstances, a powerful partnership has been established between STEP Sharing Teens and Elders Project, the Seeds of Change, and the Thurston County Juvenile Court’s Youth Development Program (YDP). In June 2021 a local gardener donated over 100 dahlia flower bulbs to…

7 reasons youth will save the world

February 1, 2022

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Donation Letter

February 1, 2022

Recently STEP had the honor of having Erin Jones as our guest speaker on our Zoom gathering. It was a profoundly moving experience and brought tears to some eyes. She spoke with profound wisdom, honesty and warmth. She encouraged us to be a part of healing racism in our country. It was an extraordinary program.…

Sharing Time with Elders Project


May 24, 2021

Sharing Time with Elders Project (STEP) brought its entire volunteer program on to Zoom throughout COVID-19 and saw 400% growth OLYMPIA, Wash., May 25, 2021 – Today, Sharing Time with Elders Project (STEP) announces one full year of unprecedented success in engagement through COVID-19. Founded in Olympia, WA in 2014 by Linda Terry, STEP then…


Generations United - Program of Distinction

STEP is proud to be awarded the Program of Distinction once again!