How did STEP start?

  • Founded in 2014 in Olympia, WA
  • Began with 12 teens and elders
  • Inspired by Squaxin Island Salmon Journey
  • Began as a brain training program
  • Youth decided they liked talking more!
  • One visit became a 12 week pilot program, and has continued ever since

What happened next?

Riley and Peggy, founding members
  • Partnered with Senior Services
  • Community awards include: Programs of Distinction Generations United, Washington D.C
  • Successfully recreated STEP model in Olympia, Seattle, and Victoria, Canada
  • Support the arts at Arts Walk and live music at every session
  • Featured in AARP "Communities Where We Live" publication
  • Spoke to legislative committee about elder social isolation