“My daughter went from not being sure, being afraid, and not wanting to be far from her mom to saying ‘I want to do it, I can do it.’”
“I think a lot about the statistics. Most people in my program are male and white, which is very different from being a minority female. I keep thinking, ‘I’m that 1%’.”
Though NOLS and STEP have different mission statements, there’s a lot of overlap. Reflecting on his conversations with NOLS graduates over the years, John says, “What stands out are the lessons in leadership and expedition behavior."
Participating in so many focused workshops makes STEP students unique. “The piece that has been interesting,” says Claudia, “is that STEP students really know how to advocate for themselves."