Step Forward Academy had so many wonderful wins in 2022, which were shared recently in our Year-End Impact Report.

We also received this beautiful note from one of our Mentees:

I hope this email finds you well. I’m going to make this as brief as possible. Step Forward Academy has really changed my life. Three weeks after my youngest was born, her father kidnaped her, and I didn’t see her for over a month. It started a whole cycle of court hearings, depression, regret, and anger that was so hard for me and my oldest.

I felt helpless and hopeless. 

 The domestic violence finally caused me to leave, and that’s how I found myself in the shelter, being referred to your Step Forward Program and working with my mentor Viki (a Godsend for real).

It helped me gain confidence and reassurance in my ability to “help myself,” so to speak. I feel like me again! Taking those tests (personality and career) helped me to relearn myself and be able to reconnect to those passions I once had. Learning to budget my money and manage my time were pieces to the puzzle I didn’t realize I needed—learning about my co-dependency and coping with myself and others. And so much more I’ve learned along the way, but most of all, learning other people are going through similar situations and wonderful people like you all are willing to help. I am forever grateful to all of you.

Thank you so much!

Wow! We look forward to supporting more mentees like this in 2023. Thanks again to our partners, coaches, and donors that make this possible! 

Truly Grateful,

Ryan Wong


Step Forward Academy