S.T.E.P.S., Inc. stands for “Striving Toward Empowered Personal Success.” We are empowering and mentoring girls and uplifting communities through our workshops, events and programs throughout the year. S.T.E.P.S., Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was founded in 2008 by Beatrice Jennette. Local professional women joined her efforts to support adolescent girls in Groton and New London, Connecticut. We work within the middle and high schools through training, intervention and mentoring to provide weekly programming to adolescent girls as they transition into young adulthood. We also offer a 2-week Summer Leadership Program and a regional Young Women’s Leadership Conference that is open to all girls from across southeastern Connecticut.
S.T.E.P.S.' programs are implemented through facilitated gender-specific discussions and trainings on key topics that teenage girls face in their daily lives. S.T.E.P.S. provides our girls with skills needed to become empowered positive members of their communities and help them break down barriers to success. We currently serve girls at West Side Middle School (Groton), Fitch High School (Groton), Ella T. Grasso Technical School (Groton), New London High School (New London), Science and Technology Magnet High School (New London) and Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (New London). In total, S.T.E.P.S. has served over 600 girls in the last 10 years.