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Aug 25

STEP Wraps Up Another Successful Summer

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 8:42 AM by Communications Department

Yesterday, the Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) honored their participants and jobsite partners with a closing ceremony.  This year, 435 youth and young adults, ages 16-24, were placed with more than 70 organizations to gain work experience.  They convened at City Center Marriott to celebrate their accomplishments. City Manager Cindy Rohlf, Assistant City Manager Alan Archer, Mayor McKinley Price, Vice Mayor Tina Vick and City Council members Bert Bateman, Saundra Cherry, and Sharon Scott were all on hand to congratulate the participants and organizations for a job well done.

Keynote speaker, Alvean Lyons, CEO of A.L. Inc., took a few minutes encouraging participants to value themselves and live beyond their circumstances. There were five special awards given to worksites  who were nominated for going above and beyond to reflect the mission of STEP: 

  • Canon Virginia, Inc. was awarded the Partnership Award for integrating participants into their work environment and holding them to the same professional standards as other Canon employees.
  • McDonald’s #5799 on Aberdeen Road received the Spirit Award for having a fun and energetic environment.
  • Riverside Regional Medical Center Landscape Division received the Engagement Award for positively engaging STEP participants and ensuring participants took pride in their work.
  • City of Newport News Department of Public Works recognized with the Public Service Award for creating numerous opportunities for participants to experience the public service sector.
  • 7 Sistas Recycled Jewelry was recognized as Site of the Year as they exhibited the true mission of STEP by providing their participants mentorship and guidance both professionally and personally.

This year’s STEP program wraps up with 22 participants who were offered permanent positions and 13 participants who are enrolling in a workforce development career certificate program with New Horizons.

To learn more about the STEP program and to view a video or photos from the program visit