Step In, Step Up, Step Out!
With a vibrant team of volunteers, STEP Ministries mentors, tutors, and encourages under-resourced youth in the Little Rock and North Little Rock communities.
Changing, healing, and empowering
Changing the Heart of the City through the Hope of the Gospel
The mid-’80s was a deeply troubling time for Little Rock and North Little Rock. Crime erupted throughout these communities as escalating gang violence dominated the news.
The murder rate—particularly among young men—skyrocketed while fear kept a paralyzing grip on the soul of the cities.
Making a Difference
Since its inception in 1986, STEP Ministries has invested in thousands of under-resourced youth through mentoring and tutoring. Now there is a third generation of children in the STEP program.
The crime rate has decreased dramatically in the neighborhood surrounding the STEP Outreach Center since STEP’s inception.
While North Little Rock High School has an overall graduation rate of 77 percent, 93 percent of young people involved in STEP graduate from high school.
Our partner churches have been focusing and mobilizing their congregations to serve the children and families through the in-school Encourager program and neighborhood mentoring center model consistently for decades.
God is making an undeniable difference in this community through STEP Ministries!
God is still writing our story…
Here’s how you can be a part of it!
Mentors meet weekly at the STEP Outreach Center and provide a one-on-one, loving and consistent presence for under-resourced youth and serve as a positive spiritual influence through Bible study and activities facilitated by staff.
Encouragers represent church-school partnerships. They meet weekly and read and provide social and emotional support one-on-one with a student in the school during the school year.
Tutors meet once of twice a week at the STEP NLR Outreach Center and provide a one-on-one, loving and consistent presence for academically-struggling youth, helping students with reading and math facilitated by staff.
Meet Our Mentors
STEP Mentor since 2014
Anthony has connected deeply with his mentee and his mentee’s family as they have navigated life’s ups and downs together.
STEP Mentor since 2019
Melissa loves mentoring because of how rewarding it is to serve and love one another.
STEP Mentor since 2017
Heath believes mentoring is an important part of following Christ’s example to make disciples.
STEP Mentor since 2008
Jeff has a vision for instilling Christ into the next generation, and mentoring through STEP is the perfect way to do it through one-on-one discipleship.
See what we do
STEP In Action
Throughout the school year and during the summer, STEP staff and volunteers are busy mentoring, tutoring, and encouraging young people in our local communities.