THE SHE MATTERS & HE MATTERS

AWARDS 2016!

The 2016 She Matters & He Matters Awards honored outstanding young ladies & amazing young men ages 9-18 years old in the categories of: Academic Accomplishment, Athletic Accomplishment, Community Service, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Character & Achievement! Each recipient received prizes, an official citation from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and special recognition at the 2016 Award Ceremony & Reception on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

#YOUTH MATTER!

Group Picture awards 2016 Group Photo.Christina Mayo

Congratulations to our awardees!

Academic Accomplishment: Varia A., Imari C., NyGuel J., Talon C.

Athletic Accomplishment: Kendel A., Tarance C.

Community Service: Gabrielle C., Ariona M., Jeremiah B., Justin M., Jaaron A.

Character & Achievement: Terise S., Alexis H., Martesha S., Iyinde P., Tymon J.,

Nia J., Erin D., Isaiah J., Allen D.

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Alejandra S., Zandra C., Brett B., Aaron J.

She Matters Shero of the Year: Ms. Sandi Mallory

He Matters Hero of the Year: Elder Dwight Parker

2015 Events

15th ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

SUNDAY DECEMBER 5, 2015

Since 2001 A Step Closer Foundation, Inc. and Randall & Sonnier, LLC have co-sponsored an Annual Children’s Holiday Party for foster care youth in the community. Each December, a holiday gathering is held to ensure children have a day of fun and receive at least one gift during the Holiday season. Children living in various placements and group homes in the state of Maryland are invited to spend time with those who care for them as well as other youth and family members. Children enjoy an afternoon of free activities, crafts, refreshments, 2 or more gifts as well as a chance to win extraordinary prizes.

A STEP CLOSER FOUNDATION, INC. PAINT NIGHT FUNDRAISER

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19, 2015!!

What better month than August to raise funds and awareness for this deserving population of children. Come out and network with others as we have a great time painting for a great cause at our Pinot’s Palette Fundraiser Night! Pinot’s Palette is located at 11105 Resort Rd. Suite 105. Turf Valley Towne Square, Ellicott City, MD 21042

A portion of event proceeds benefit A Step Closer Foundation, Inc. programs for children!

BACK TO SCHOOL – SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE & GIVEAWAY

SATURDAY AUGUST 22, 2015 

Paper, Pencils, Pens & Erasers! Notebooks, Folders, Markers, Crayons, and more! We are collecting school supplies for kindergarten to college age students for the Body and Soul Salon and Spa: 5th Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway!

Call 410-235-0351 to arrange to drop off your school supply donation or visit www.astepcloser.org to give an online contribution towards the purchase of bookbags and supplies!!!

SHE MATTERS & HE MATTERS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE

WE MATTER!

May 16, 2015~ 9:30 am -3:30 am

Catonsville High School – 421 Bloomsbury Ave., Baltimore, MD 21228

GIRLS & BOYS AGES 9-18 YOU MATTER!

REGISTER NOW for this Annual Empowering Day of Fun!  Registration includes access to workshops, entertainment, lunch, giveaways & more!

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Our mission is for every attendee to leave empowered to embrace life, face challenges, and fulfill their destiny!

Workshops on the important topics facing today’s youth including:

“MEDIA MATTERS” & “RACE MATTERS”!

YOUTH AGES 9-18 and Adult Workshops also available!

 *To become a workshop presenter, performer, volunteer, or sponsor of the 2015 She Matters & He Matters Conference please call 410-235-0351 or email info@astepcloser.org!

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THE SHE MATTERS & HE MATTERS AWARDS 2015

YOUTH MATTER!

A Step Closer Foundation, Inc. celebrated the amazing accomplishments of our 16 youth honorees on Sunday March 29, 2015 at the 

2015 SHE MATTERS & HE MATTERS AWARDS CEREMONY!  

These outstanding young ladies and young men, will be honored for their stellar achievement in the categories of Academic Accomplishment, Athletic Accomplishment, Community Service, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Character & Achievement! Each recipient is a shining reflection of this year’s ceremony theme: WE MATTER

Join the celebration!

Show your support because YOUTH MATTER!

*To give a tax-deductible gift donation, or  monetary contribution towards our deserving honorees call 410-235-0351! Donors will be highlighted in event programs given to all attendees.

CEREMONY TICKETS!

Past Events

Annual Children’s Holiday Party for Foster Care Youth

OUR SINCERE THANKS to all of our 2014 Supporters, Donors and wonderful Volunteers who gave of their time, money, and talents to make this year’s party a great success!  Thank you also to the Monumental City Bar Foundation Grant Committee who facilitated our “Trash Bags to Travel Bags” giveaway to over 100 pre-teen and teen attendees.   And most of all, thank you to the foster care youth and families who came in the holiday spirit to take part in the fun and cheer on December 7, 2014 at Hot Skates Roller Rink!

YOUTH ETIQUETTE SUMMIT & LUNCHEON

THANK YOU to all the wonderful youth who attended this event!

Young Ladies & Young Men ages 9-17, you can learn the do’s and dont’s of professional and social etiquette.

On Saturday November 15, 2014 from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm this fun event featured workshops on business etiquette, chivalry, and respect! Registration also included our Etiquette Luncheon which will highlight and help sharpen your table manners and dining etiquette skills. Get fancy and dress in your business attire!

**SPACE WAS LIMITED & HAS BEEN FILLED**

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED!

She Matters and He Matters 2014 Youth on the RISE Awards Ceremony

On Sunday June 8th a grand celebration was held to recognize, and highlight the achievements of Youth on the RISE in the areas of *Academic Accomplishment, *Athletic Accomplishment, *Community Service, *Entrepreneurship, and *Character & Achievement! Two amazing A Step Closer adult volunteers were also recognized with the *Volunteer of the Year Award!

Congratulations to:

*Academic Accomplishment Awardees:Nasya Turner, Nia Gaither, Keion Hocker, and Cai Davis
*Character & Achievement Awardees: Cheyenne Durant, Kiana Layne, Jessie Taylor, and Daniel Williams
*Athletic Accomplishment Awardees:D’Amaie Davs, Jadon Davis, and Joshua Gaither
*Community Service Awardees:Donyelle Blagburn and James Marrow
*Entrepreneurial Spirit Awardees:Natalee Williams and Jonathan Chesley
*Adult Volunteer of the Year Awardees: Colleen Wright and Frank Clark

Congratulations to the 2014 She Matters & He Matters Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2014 She Matters & He Matters Award Recipients

Special Thanks to our guest speakers Delegate Aisha Braveboy and Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Wiggins for delivering encouraging words of wisdom to inspire our honorees!

The “Summer Youth #SELFIES Summit: Selfies, Social Media, & YOU!”

On Saturday June 7th Youth ages 10-18 yrs. old took part in this fun activity by digging beneath the surface to explore the impact of social media in theirr everyday lives!

Toys were also collected to benefit children in foster care through A Step Closer Foundation’s “Trash Bags to Travel Bags Initiative”.

Free Fall Financial Summit for Youth: “Banking On Our Future”!

hosted by the Liberty Community Development Corp., A Step Closer Foundation, Inc. and Operation Hope.

On November 16, 2013 Youth ages 11-18 yrs. participated in this savings savvy workshop session and learned skills to empower financial success in their Future!

2013 Foster Care Awards & Talent Showcase

hosted By The BCDSS Youth Advisory Board and A Step Closer Foundation, Inc.

The 2013 Foster Care Awards & Talent Showcase highlighted the amazing talents of youth in foster care and honored Judges, Social Workers, Outstanding Foster Care Alumni, community organizations and advocates with awards for their valuable contributions in the foster care arena.

Nominations Are Now Closed