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

Ashly McBunch

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

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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…

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Donation Letter

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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.…

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Elder interview questions for The Elder Project

The Elder Project Question Guidelines Elders Name_________________________tribe___________________date_______________ 1. Where were you born? 2. Who raised you? 3. Can you describe your childhood? 4. What saying did you hear growing up? 5. Where did you live? What did your house look like? 6. Did you have brothers and sisters? 7. What do you know of your…

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Sharing Time with Elders Project

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…

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