Partnerships add immensely to our organization and to the programing we offer our scholars. 

We would like to especially acknowledge the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for their partnership and ongoing support.  A leader in wilderness education and leadership training, NOLS has been STEP’s expedition partner since our inception – working with over 250 STEP students in our signature 3-week leadership expedition in the wilderness of Alaska.

Thank you, NOLS, for joining us as a partner in our work!

“I thought my STEP/NOLS expedition would be a nice trip to Alaska – like girl scouts. I couldn’t have been any more ignorant if I had said there would be zebras in Alaska. I did more self-discovery in those three weeks than I could have ever imagined possible.”
— Marle Ethelbah, STEP Alumn, Arizona State University Graduate

We are appreciative of all the organizations who provide support in so many ways. 

Thank you to all of these organizations for their support and collaboration:   

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) 


Arizona State University
West Campus


University of Arizona  


College Depot


Pima Public Libraries


Grand Canyon University


Arizona College Access Network


College Success Arizona  


Arizona Earn to Learn


Dorrance Scholarship Programs   


Doran Community Scholars


Flinn Foundation


Fourth Avenue Merchants Association  

“As a school superintendent, I am always looking for opportunities for students to move beyond the classroom walls in their education.  STEP provides a safe, demanding opportunity for high school students to become self-reliant and view the world differently as they prepare for life beyond high school.  I whole-heartedly encourage our students to apply to STEP.”
— David Baker, Ed.D., Superintendent, Flowing Wells Unified School District