The mission of NEXT STEPS is to shatter limitations and elevate aspirations of teens and young adults living with life-threatening diseases during their transition to adulthood and into an adult healthcare system.
The Next Step mission is needed now more than ever as 90% of all youth living with a chronic life-threatening illness are living past the age of 21 and entering young adulthood without the support that they need.
Our 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. We empower young people with the tools and knowledge they need to begin asking “what’s next?” instead of “why me?”
Children with sickle cell disorders are eligible to apply. In an interview, Next Step official informed Sickle Cell News feeding and accomodation will be provided free of charge while participants made their own travel arrangements.
For more information, visit Next Steps at http://www.nextstepnet.org/about