Becoming an adult is a journey of struggle and triumph and a few awkward moments. Making that transition while living with cancer, HIV or a rare genetic disorder raises the stakes and can make the challenge overwhelming. Since 2001 Next Step has helped thousands of youth become the adults they hope to be through community, music and mentorship. Next Steps programs help them develop the vital life skills and knowledge they need to effectively manage their illness, and the self-confidence it takes to find and define their sense of self outside of their medical condition.
There are over 10,000 young people in Massachusetts struggling with these illnesses while trying to imagine what is possible and how to get there. We are hoping to raise $10,000 by April 6th to help 20 teens with sickle cell get academic coaching for a year or provide 10 young people with a life changing 4 day summer "Campference" program or support 150 hours of song.studio sessions in Next Step’s recording studio. Help us get there and create more stories like this:
“I heard about Next Step from an older acquaintance with Mito. At first I was skeptical, but my neurologist urged me to try it. I am so glad that I did. The environment is open and honest, fun but also serious. Next Step aims to guide and support young adults with chronic diseases as they become independent citizens of the world and achieve their dreams. I went zip-lining in the forest and felt more free than I had since I started using a wheelchair. I met kids my own age who really do have to think about surgeries and insurance coverage, and even played "Back in Black" on electric guitar.”
Your support makes this happen.