This is what we've come to realize after spending years with teens and young adults who've been in foster care or grew up feeling vulnerable:
*They say they're tired of feeling like they have to tell their story to yet another adult and risk embarrassment and rejection every time they do it.
*They'd like to feel heard by someone they want to trust, but they want to pick the person when they're ready.
*They hate programs.
*They want freedom but still want to be able to talk and get straight answers from older adults without feeling weird when they ask.
*They don't want to feel frustrated by adults who overreact about the topics they bring up.
*They'd like to be able to share and grow with other people their age without it feeling like it's some kind of therapy.
*They want to have a natural and genuine experience with a group of people like themselves who are all working together for something better.
We heard you! That's why the Next Step exists.
It's a way for you to hang onto your dignity, be independent and still get the answers you're looking for to outsmart whatever's in your way at the moment.
Interested in hearing a little more? If so, go to the video icon above to see what we mean.
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