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The Step Forward Dodge Ball Championship Website!

Congratulations to “Ball of Duty” for winning the 1st annual Step Forward DodgeBall Championships!



Step Forward is all about helping teens in all walks of life discover their passion.

An Introduction to Step Forward… Press [Play]

Special Thanks to Alchemy New Media video productions!

Real Lives – Lasting Impact – #EveryStepMatters

Step Forward Partners

2 weeks ago

Step Forward

Exciting things are happening with the Step Forward program! We are adding all the skills it requires to manage a coffee shop to our program! We are starting with a small group of students and taking them on an educational journey beginning with the interview. They will learn each and every aspect of running a business, apply it AND then teach the next group of students. Today we had a few friends pop in so we could master the technique before we launch the program at the end of this month. The coffee shop is located inside Yoga Patch in KC. We are so grateful to Yoga Patch for allowing us to do this and for sharing our same vision of teaching and inspiring students! A lot of work and accomplishments are ahead.
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I feel horrible I couldn't do the ride this year. Didn't anticipate all the health issues. So happy for the good news though❤❤❤ let's get together soon!

I love this! I'll buy some coffee! (Its about the kids, not the coffee, I swear) <3

I have been contributing to the step forward cause monthly since a charity ride last summer a year ago. It's a great cause from what I can see. Tax deductible just saying!

Are the girls doing this Cj Tesar

Great job Carla!

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4 weeks ago

Step Forward

Long days for the volunteers can't keep us away from these precious students❤️
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Long days for the volunteers cant keep us away from these precious students❤️

Our Mission


Step Forward is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit after-school program that helps teens from all walks of life discover their passion. Some of the many outcomes of this “Passion Discovery” programming include nurturing creative expression, focus, business acumen, life-skills, community involvement, a sense of purpose, and a foundation of mutual respect.

Step Forward: After school, before it’s too late.

About Step Forward


Step Forward is all about helping teens discover their passion. Today’s world seems to narrowly define success for teens, but other than a small segment of athletically gifted, cosmetically attractive, or academically driven students, society tacitly implies that any other pursuits are second-class or somehow unimportant. Step Forward tries to fill this gap by showing teens a vast world of possibility and potentially unlocking hidden talents or interests. Our community-centric programming draws from professionals, local businesses, and volunteers to coach and mentor teens in a variety of opportunities related to the arts, creative pursuits, entrepreneurial concepts, and life-skills that motivate teens to “get passionate” about something with hands-on exposure, during what we believe is a critical discovery phase of each teen’s life. So just a few of the many multi-disciplinary Step Forward programming examples are music therapy painting, antique furniture restoration, recording-artist, farmer’s markets, sign-language, autism-care-givers, and much more.

Core Team and Board of Advisors


Carla Willis

Executive Director
Program Manager. Creative Director. Life Coach. Mentor. Passion for finding your passion.


Emily Heady

Advisory Board Member. Program Facilitator. Yogi. Production Coordinator. Marketing Manager. Life Coach. Passion for Peace and Balance.


Cynda Rader

Advisory Board Member. Entrepreneur. Real Estate Broker. Sales Guru. Company Leader. People Development. Published Author. Passion for Closing Deals.


Kevin Oldham

Advisory Board Member. Entrepreneur. Startup CEO. Creative Genius. Passion for Curiosity.

Board Members


Carla Willis

Mom. Entrepreneur. Driven. Tenacious. Dedicated. Passionate for serving underserved teens.

Jeremy Whitt

Board Chairman
Entrepreneur. Leader Behaviors Coach. Marketing Guy. Computer Guy. Behavior Scientist. Passion for Learning.


Troy Fordyce

Entrepreneur. Business-DIY Expert. Family-First-Focus. Passion for teaching life-lessons through sports.


Luis Fiallo

Entrepreneur. Business Executive. Community Development Advocate. Advisor to Corporate Executives. Passion for Advocacy.

The Coaster Club

Join the Coaster Club and support the Step Forward Kids! Enjoy fun and freaky parties or just some backyard chill at the Freaky Tiki! Lots of wild and wacky events planned for all our Coaster Club Members… And you get some awesome coasters!

$20 per month not only goes toward supporting a wonderful cause, it also gets you access to the Freaky Tiki and our Coaster Club events! Just download and fill out the form to have the donation automatically drawn from your credit card each month.

Coaster Club Signup

Download and complete the form.

Then text a clear image of the entire form to us at:
(816) 806-5126

Or fax a printed copy to: (866) 400-3371

One-Time Donation

Or, if you would just like to make a one-time donation to support the Step Forward Kids, click on the button below and enter your credit card information via PayPal…


Contact Information

info@stepforwardkids.org     |     (816) 806-5126

 Lee’s Summit, MO

 Step Forward is an expression of The Net Giver Foundation, Inc.