NSTS offers teens a wide range of activities that will inspire and propel them to become more confident and capable versions of themselves. Through our highly intentional programming, teens will learn the keys to success (including the “Success Sequence”).
Life skills and character strengths such as resilience, grit, growth mindset, learned optimism, self-control, teamwork, leadership, written and oral communication, problem-solving, and responsible decision-making are all components of our program.
At NSTS, youth have a membership for life. NSTS will be with our youth, our “Success Stories,” every step of the way in their journey of life. Should youth want our advice, support, services, and mentorship, NSTS will be there for them as their personal “board of directors.”
Our NSTS youth will continue to be supported after they “age out” of our daily program activities. We will remain vitally invested in their continuing progress along the path of the Success Sequence. Therefore, we will be there to mentor and advocate for them as they complete their formal education, enter into well-paid, fulfilling careers, and prepare to have families of their own. After all, we can succeed at Next Step To Success only when our graduates succeed in achieving their personal goals.Learn More About Our Programs
To help youth in Norfolk build the independent, resilient character they will need to earn success and enjoy happy, fulfilling lives as adults.
Cut the poverty rate in Norfolk by
one-half within one generation.
Ensure youth have the vital information, life skills, character strengths and personal ambition they will need to succeed in life.
The NSTS program is more than just a bunch of fun activities for teens. We have successfully helped a number of teens improve their attitudes as it relates to their own grit, growth mindset, and learned optimism.
Showed improvement in their growth mindset
Stated that NSTS kept them safe
Indicated that there is a staff member at NSTS who they respect
Stated that they made new friends at NSTS
Demonstrated positive gains in the area of grit
Stated that NSTS helped them find new interests or hobbies
Indicated that NSTS helped them be a better student
Stated that they learned a new skill as a result of participating in NSTS
Next Step To Success is an afterschool and summer camp program for teens in Norfolk. The program is currently open to boys and girls, ages 13-16. Participants must meet certain criteria including Norfolk residency and family income guidelines. In order to realize our goal of breaking the cycle of poverty, NSTS provides free transportation for participants as well as meals.
The Next Step To Success Summer Camp focuses on promoting each youth’s social, emotional, and character development with a strong focus on building their essential life skills and learning about educational and career options for their futures. Having fun, discovering new hobbies, and making new friends are top priorities in our summer camp.Learn More
The Next Step To Success after school program offers youth an engaging place to enjoy themselves after school. After being picked up from their respective schools, the teens are able to participate in activities such as music, theater, art, dance, sailing, swimming, boatbuilding, gardening and cooking. Youth are also given help with their homework and invited to participate in an array of character-building and career-development exercises. After enjoying a family-style dinner with their friends and Success Coaches, our NSTS youth are transported home for the evening.Learn More
In an effort to provide our participants and parents with the most up-to-date and accurate information, we frequently update our program resources. This includes our application and calendar of events. Similarly, the team members at NSTS know parents often have questions about raising teens. So, we’ve compiled some resources you may find helpful.
Have a question about the program? Want to know if you qualify? Our team is here to help! Use the form to ask us a question and a member of our staff will follow up with you soon.