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S.T.E.P. Center


STRENGTHENING TEENS, EMPOWERING PARENTS

Director - Megan McKinnon 336.683.8213   email


The S.T.E.P. Center provides evidence based curriculum to at-risk, court diverted, and court ordered youth in Randolph and Montgomery Counties, ages 9-17. The curriculum that is provided is Aggression Replacement Training, Botvin Life Skills, Why Try, and Strengthening Families. All programs are broken down to teach classes with youth of similar age. Transportation is provided to and from the program at no cost to the families. All programs run on rotation, so there will be minimum wait time before a participant can get started in the program.

Aggression Replacement Training is an evidenced based model designed with three different components (Skill Streaming, Moral Reasoning, and Anger Management), all three being geared to a specific age group. This component last 10 weeks and meets once a week. This class is taught on Monday to Randolph County youth and Wednesdays to Montgomery County youth. 

Botvin Life Skills has middle and high school level life skill classes. The classes focus on personal management skills, general social skills, and drug resistance skills. The middle school classes, ages 11-12 & 13-14 last 15 weeks, the high school class, ages 15-17, lasts 10 weeks. This class is taught on Tuesdays to Randolph County youth and Wednesdays to Montgomery County youth. For more information, please visit: http://www.lifeskillstraining.com/.  

Why Try Program uses a series of ten visual metaphors to teach social, emotional, and leadership principles. The program is 10 weeks long and is provided to ages 9-10 on Tuesday for Randolph County and Wednesdays for Montgomery County. For more information, please visit: http://www.whytry.org/ .
Strengthening Families Program is a 7-session, science-based parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family life skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. Parents and children participate in SFP, both separately and together. This program is for ages 10-14. For more information, please visit:  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sfp10-14/.

Daymark Substance Abuse Referrals: Substance Abuse screens will be done on intake and randomly at least once every 30 days during their admission for court involved youth. If a participant has a positive screen, the court counselor will be contacted. If a referral is deemed appropriate by the court counselor, they will be referred to Daymark.