August 2018
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September 1st - 1st Saturday!
For the month of September, we wanted to kick off the school year with a fun-filled day of community. The young adults from Vista del Mar joined the co-mentoring community and participated in cooking lunch for everyone.

The highlight of the day was a painting workshop led by our Young Adult Spotlight of September, Becky Diaz. You can see some of the beautiful pieces on our Instagram @steppingforwardla.

We were lucky to spend our Saturday with such a great group of current foster, former foster, and adult co-mentors. Thank you to all who attended and we're looking forward to the next one!
Afternoon with Lily Collins
Thanks to our amazing partnership with GO Campaign, we were able to bring actress and author Lily Collins to spend time with some current foster youth!

Lily shared some insight from her new book, titled Unfiltered, and the group discussed topics such as integrity, friendships, and feeling different.

All of the young adults received signed copies of Unfiltered at the end a the great night of authentic conversation. Thank you, Lily!
Young Adult Spotlight - Becky Diaz
Becky is also the talented artist behind our logo. We are lucky to have Becky in the Stepping Forward LA community and so proud of her!

To hear Becky explaining her motivation behind the logo design, click here to watch the video.
Becky started with Stepping Forward LA in 2014 through our short-term paid internship program. She then went on to become a co-mentor in 2015 and is now mentoring current foster in our programs. She is currently a student at San Diego State University studying counseling, sociology, and criminal justice.
Upcoming Events
1st Saturday
Saturday, October 6th 2018
Stepping Forward LA's office - The Big House
180 E. 35th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011
To RSVP or learn more, please contact Beth at
beth@steppingforwardla.org or (310) 270-3466.
Grants and Donations

A special thanks to the Foundations and Individuals that have recently donated to Stepping Forward LA. We appreciate your support of the work we do!

Foundations
GO Campaign
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
The Ziering Foundation

Partners
Vista del Mar

Individuals
Linda Blauner
Kim Bojkovsky **
Jennifer Freed
Gary Glass
Nancy Gurney
Jennifer and Tim Hart*
Janet Lonner
Dale Miller*
Dana Sigoloff*
Pat Sinclair
Errol Spiro*
Harriet Zaretsky
Rosanne Ziering
Susan Geiger
Marla Kantor
Sally Fullman

* indicates donor is also on the Advisory Council
** indicates donor is a monthly donor
Wishlist
We are always in need of gift cards that we can give to the young adults for their birthdays or major celebrations. If you, or someone you know, would like to donate, feel free to click on the donate page button below or contact Beth Ryan, our Executive Director.

  • In October, we will be encouraging current and former foster youth to secure their food handlers cards. We are looking for donations of aprons, cooking utensils, small kitchen appliances, cookbooks, etc that we can give to students who pass their food handlers tests.
  • Gift Cards for Birthdays, Celebrations and Christmas of Former Foster Youth ($25 or $50 Visa Cards are preferred)
Beth Ryan | Stepping Forward LA | (310) 270-3466 | Email | Website