Next Steps x Soles for Peace

Stapleton Houses 

On August 16th, 2018, the Next Steps participants attended and participated in Soles for Peace, a painting event produced by the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence and Kick Your Game. During the event, the participants painted sneakers and canvases to show their vision of peace to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods. Through art, the event allowed the participants to take a stand against violence within their own NYCHA development.

Following this event, 3 Stapleton Next Steps participants started their undergraduate studies at the College of Staten Island. Each participant received college access support through the Next Steps program which allowed them to make a smooth transition from secondary to postsecondary education. Each participant was referred to higher education opportunity programs and/or accelerated study programs such as SEEK and ASAP to ensure they stay on track and graduate on time.