STEP BY STEP INC
465 East High St., Ste. 109
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Nonprofit STEP BY STEP INC
Address 465 East High St., Ste. 109
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 258-7837
Fax 859 259-0975
Contact Name Whitney Rogers
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Step By Step impacts the lives of hundreds of young single mothers and their children each year. This effort requires a multitude of volunteers doing everything from driving vans, rocking babies, and preparing a warm meal for a hungry child. Please go to the SBS website at www.sbslex.org to see the vast array of volunteer opportunities available. If you have a talent, we can make use of it in a way that is truly life changing to another human being in need.  
If you would like to provide financial support to this ongoing work you may also donate by mailing a check to: Step By Step, Inc. PO Box 593, Lexington, KY 40588
 
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement Mentoring teen moms, transforming lives for generations. This program is a life-line of support to teen mothers who need someone to show them how to give themselves and their children a promising future. At Step By Step they find hope.
Background Statement Step By Step exists to help young single mothers realize their dreams of being good mothers while also helping them achieve their education and vocational goals. Most importantly we provide opportunities for them to hear the good news of the gospel and learn about the God who loves them like crazy and wants to give them and their children hope and a promising future.
Impact Statement Step By Step worked with nearly 175 young single mothers and 300 of their children in 2013. The first Step By Step pilot program in Georgetown has also been very successful and is growing in client participation, community and church involvement and support. Several more Step By Step inspired programs began in 2011 in various counties. The staff and board are improving infrastructure so we are best able to support those with an interest in duplicating the efforts of the SBS program.
Needs Statement
Our current funding needs include:
Funding for ongoing programming costs to cover items such as:
Food for moms and children- approx $500 per meeting
Craft supplies and curriculum for educational use for the children
Funds to provide curriculum for support groups- approx $1800 per yr
Step By Step is currently seeking grant funding to subsidize expansion related costs as well as general operating costs.
CEO/Executive Director Statement 48% of first born children in the US are born to single mothers; this statistic applies to 72% of African American children. Step By Step is unique in that is a program that uses a holistic approach to help teen mothers overcome the many obstacles they face. The program focuses on emotional healing, goal setting, encouragement, spiritual health, crisis intervention, peer support groups and life skills training. 
Board Chair Statement
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Kentucky Area
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The goal of Step By Step is to give young unmarried mothers the tools they need to be good parents, raising healthy children. There is often a generational cycle of dysfunction that must be overcome in order for young women from challenging backgrounds to be able to successfully set goals and also achieve them. Step By Step exists to improve the lives of young single mothers and their children through support, encouragement, faith and education. This program has been helping young mothers and at-risk children for 20 years. The positive impact is evident in the life change experienced by program graduates who have gone on to complete college, obtained and retained jobs, and who have raised healthy children who are not repeating the destructive cycles of the generations before them. 
Within the next three years it is our goal to provide materials to other groups wishing to bring this successful program to their county, city or state. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Step By Step uses a holistic approach in reaching these at-risk families. We utilize fun activities to make the program inviting. Both moms and children have their own programs on meeting nights. Moms participate in workshops where they are taught life skills, parenting, budgeting, nutrition, child abuse prevention, anger management, job interview tips and strategies, etc.
Emotional healing is another big part of the SBS program because without emotional health, skills become nearly irrelevant. Moms participate in support groups where they are able to deal with many of the scars of their pasts as well as current challenges they face. 
Step By Step is very relational. Young mothers are accepted and respected here. They are also shown God's great love for them and their children.  
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
Throughout the course of 20 years Step By Step has proven its ability to reach and make a positive impact in the lives of at-risk moms and children through its methods utilizing love, encouragement, education, goal setting, and emotion healing. The current staff is enthusiastic, skillful, and effective in program leadership. Program Director, Tanya Torp, has many years of experience motivating young women to success. She is driven by a contagious passion to assist the least of these among us to not only survive, but thrive despite the challenges of their pasts and present circumstances. Tanya is well connected within the community and is able to pool resources and expertise required for many facets of the program.
 
Director of Operations, Terri Behrens, is one of three original Co-Founders of the organization, and has 20 years of experience overseeing the program and its vision and methodology, as well as experience training and encouraging volunteers. 
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Progress indicators include client attendance percentages and retention as well as evaluation of client intake and exit assessments. 
We are also working on program duplication materials and our goal is to make them available within the next 1-2 years. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
Recent progress we are currently experiencing is under the dynamic leadership of Program Director, Tanya Torp. Tanya has brought a new level of energy and enthusiasm to both clients, and volunteers. She is currently working on implementing an incentive points program to help track and acknowledge client accomplishments. 
One element that we are working to improve is the 3-year client retention rate. Three year retention is a challenge due to the transient nature of our client base. They often change both address and phone numbers making it challenging to stay in contact. We are increasing our communication via social media as one way to try to tackle that issue. We are also increasing one-on-one mentoring opportunities. One side bonus of that is it provides a more effective way to keep client contact data up to date.
Board Chair
Board Chair Christy Hiler
Company Affiliation Cornett Advertising
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Shelley Stanko Denton KGI Grad SuppliesVoting
Cheryl Grieb St. Joseph HospitalVoting
Christy Hiler Cornett AdvertisingVoting
Casey Keller Miller Wells PLLC
Ana Maldonado-Coomer Thomas & KingVoting
Sheila Sekela Fair View FarmVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 93%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Sheila Sekela
Term Start Nov 2012
Email sheilas@sbslex.org
Experience MinSheila Sekela has been actively on the Board of SBS for all but 2 years since its inception. She is familiar with all aspects of the organization and is gifted in the areas of management, fund raising, and financial analysis. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 200
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 1%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Experience/Biography Terri Behrens is one of the three original co-founders of the SBS organization back in 1995. She has worked steadfastly to keep the vision, reach, and passion of the ministry strong. She feels that Step By Step is her life's calling and gladly shares her enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge with anyone with a desire to make a difference in the lives of teen mothers and their children. She has experience in every area of the program from client recruitment, mentoring, program and event planning, fund raising, volunteer appreciation and retention, donor solicitations, non-profit oversight and administrative leadership. 
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Tanya Torp is a fierce advocate for the underprivileged. She brings enthusiastic leadership to the program and is gifted at inspiring and empowering the moms of Step By Step. Tanya is well-connected within the community and is able to utilize her contacts to meet the many varied needs for volunteerism and assistance within the program and among the mothers. Tanya has been a member of the SBS team for a short time, but there is no doubt that she "hit the ground running" and is already making a remarkable impact in the lives of the moms and children of SBS. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Comments
CEO Comments Step By Step Board and Staff participated in an 18-month long certification training process with Ministry Ventures, a nationally recognized non-profit certification organization. Step By Step was awarded Ministry Ventures Certification in early 2013. 
Description Step By Step offers educational workshops on topics such as life skills, parenting, budgeting, goal setting, child abuse prevention, anger management, nutrition, etc. Step By Step also offers peer support groups, crisis intervention, counseling, Bible studies, resource referrals for physical needs, opportunities for emotional healing and spiritual growth, and character-based education for the at-risk children of our teen moms. 
Budget 85000
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Families, Females, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short Term Success At the conclusion of each program year we host an awards and achievement ceremony where clients are celebrated for their various accomplishments such as, staying in school, graduating high school or college, re-enrolling in high school or college, abstinence outside of marriage, keeping a job, receiving a promotion, etc. This is a wonderful way to encourage their peers to see these things as valuable goals and accomplishments to be proud of and strive for. Each year, nearly every participant achieves at least one of the goals honored.
Program Long term Success
In 2012 Step By Step had nearly 200 single mothers and 300 children participating in its program. Young single mothers attend the program for three years where they participate in workshops, support groups, mentoring, etc. The goal is that at the end of the three years that the moms will be more adequately prepared to be successful as mothers, students, and employees, capable of achieving goals they have set for themselves and their children. Each new client fills out an "Initial Assessment" which identifies current struggles including challenges that are emotional, physical, monetary, etc.
At graduation each graduate answers the same questions on an "Exit Assessment". To measure program success these answers are viewed comparatively with initial assessment values.
Statistics for last year showed that each graduate, after completing three years in the SBS program, reported improvement between 70% and 83% in the areas originally identified as struggles.
Program Success Monitored By
Initial Assessment intake interviews.
 
Dare to Dream sessions where moms are encouraged to dream, set goals, and brainstorm ways to deal with challenges that seem to stand in their way.
 
"Where are you Now?" follow up sessions with moms to make sure they are staying on track with their goals, and identify any barriers they may have encountered, and evaluating ways to overcome those barriers. 
 
Exit Assessment/Interview  
Examples of Program Success There are countless examples of successful graduates from the program. Please go to www.sbslex.org and click on the testimonials tab to read just a handful of stories of lives impacted by their participation in the program. 
Program Comments
CEO Comments Challenges we face are the growing need for the SBS program. The board and staff have worked hard to implement and grow a fund raising strategy, as well as additional marketing opportunities. It is our desire to be able to extend our outreach to even more young single mothers in our community and beyond. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Ministry Ventures CertifiedMinistry Ventures2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $124,403.00
Projected Expenses $112,832.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$97,545$88,029($7)
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events($2,661)($3,720)$10,932
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$13$1$10
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$64,348$38,133$57,672
Administration Expense$12,870$16,343$26,646
Fundraising Expense$8,580$6,053$7,096
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.391.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%63%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%7%65%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$46,881$37,879$12,848
Current Assets$39,021$35,335$12,323
Long-Term Liabilities--$1,990$740
Current Liabilities$1,893--$740
Total Net Assets$44,988$35,889$12,108
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 SBS 990-EZ
2012 990
2011 990EZ 2011
2010 990EZ 2010
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 465 East High St., Ste. 109
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 258-7837
Contact Email admin@sbslex.org
CEO/Executive Director Sheila Sekela
Board Chair Christy Hiler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornett Advertising