After-School Program

Norfolk After-School Program

Free after-school program for middle and high schoolers; ages 13-18.

Program Description

In today’s ever-changing world, the youth of our communities face numerous challenges as they navigate the path from adolescence to young adulthood. At Next Step To Success, we recognize the importance of equipping young individuals with the skills they need to thrive during that transition. Our free after-school program is designed to be a catalyst for growth, providing a diverse range of onsite and offsite programming that not only builds social-emotional skills but also fosters essential life competencies.

Unlocking Potential Through Onsite Programming

NSTS’ after-school program serves as a nurturing environment where Norfolk youth can discover their true potential. Here’s a glimpse of what we offer onsite:
Social-Emotional Skill Development: We understand that emotional intelligence is key to success in all aspects of life. Our program helps participants identify and manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and develop stress management techniques. These skills empower our youth to handle the ups and downs of life with resilience and grace.
Academic Support: Education is the cornerstone of a bright future. We provide homework assistance and teach effective time management and organizational skills. Our academic support ensures that participants develop the necessary habits for educational success and lifelong learning.

Preparing for the Journey Ahead

Our after-school program is more than just a series of activities; it’s a comprehensive journey that prepares our youth for their transition into young adulthood. We focus on nurturing essential competencies such as grit, growth mindset, learned optimism, and self-advocacy. We empower our youth to discover their own sense of agency,” a belief that you can change your life and your world for the better. Through a combination of social-emotional skill development, community engagement, and interactive workshops that promote essential life skills, we empower our participants to recognize their innate potential. By fostering a deep understanding of their values, we equip Norfolk youth to take ownership of their lives, make informed choices, and become the architects of their own success. In doing so, we strive to inspire a generation of young leaders who will positively impact our community and the world at large through their unwavering commitment to what is right.

By raising and keeping the bar high for Norfolk youth, NSTS motivates youth to take control of their futures and lead productive and meaningful lives of their own choosing. NSTS staff provide guidance and support to help youth discover their own set of values, empowering them to navigate life’s ups and downs with integrity and purpose.

Making a Lasting Impact

At Next Step To Success, we measure our success by the growth and transformation of our youth. We are proud to witness participants who enter our program as young pre-teens and teens and leave as confident, capable, and responsible young adults. Our participants, whom we affectionately call our “Success Stories,” serve as a testament to the impact of Next Step To Success’ after-school program.

Join Us on the Path to Success

We invite parents and guardians to explore the opportunities our after-school program offers. It’s a journey that empowers youth to become tomorrow’s leaders, equipped with the social-emotional skills and essential competencies needed to thrive in an ever-changing world. Together, we can shape a brighter future for our community and the next generation of leaders. Join us on the path to success at Next Step To Success.

How to Register
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Program Details


Students must fall within the age range and attend school in Norfolk, Virginia. Eligible families must fall within our income range guidelines.

We reserve the right to request evidence of family income. We realize every family’s situation is unique, and we do review special cases. At the discretion of the Site Manager, special cases will be reviewed.

School Pick Up:

The NSTS team provides free transportation for our youth for the after-school program in Norfolk.

We serve all middle and high schools in Norfolk, Virginia and currently have students from:

  • Granby High School
  • Norview High School
  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Maury High School
  • Lake Taylor High School
  • Northside Middle School
  • Norview Middle School
  • Blair Middle School
  • Academy for Discovery at Lakewood
  • Academy of International Studies
  • Compass Academy (formerly Ruffner Academy)
  • Park Place
  • Lake Taylor School


After our time together, our team offers at-home drop offs for our free after-school program participants. Parents have the option of picking up their children from our Norfolk location during the after-school program operating hours.

After-school success begins in the classroom. Our program follows the Norfolk Public Schools Calendar.

Download 2023-24 School Calendar

What to Expect After School

Programming is available each day school is in session. We do not offer programming on dates when Norfolk Public Schools are closed or offer asynchronistic classes.

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Contact Us

With the right guidance, your child can walk down the right path. Contact us today at 757-404-1818 or can reach out to to learn how your child can step in the right direction.