About Next Step

Next Step is STRIVE’s parent organization. You can visit the website here.

The challenges of high school and the transition to adulthood can test any young person. For young people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life threatening diseases, these challenges can appear insurmountable.

In addition to fighting for survival, these young people encounter problems with growth, development and long term health issues. They often lag behind their peers at achieving even the simplest social milestones. Resources to help these youth become successful adults are few and far between.

To fill this urgent need, Bill Kubicek founded Next Step in 2001 with the support and guidance of the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Next Step retreats and workshops—all hosted at no cost to participants—provide resources, support and hope.

Next Step’s mission is to shatter limitations and elevate aspirations of teens and young adults living with life-threatening diseases.

Next Step’s programs are a place where young survivors feel safe enough to laugh, share experiences, and create a sense of community with peers who truly understand their unique challenges. Next Step empowers young people with the tools and knowledge they need to begin asking “what’s next?” instead of “why me?”

STRIVE would not be the invaluable resource it is today if it weren’t for the support of the Next Step program. Thank you Next Step!

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