STEP

About

Preparation + Opportunity = Success

STEP Foundation

The Strengthening The Empowerment Process Foundation, also known as STEP, is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2015, for the purpose of improving the lives of young people. Founded by three African-American police officers, STEP was created simply to help. Our mission is to provide opportunities for financially challenged children to realize their dreams. Our vision is quality sustainable youth programs in underserved communities. We value experience as a great teacher, community as a great classroom, and life as a great school. STEP knows that nothing stays with a young person like the memories that come from applying lessons in real world situations and being involved in life changing circumstances that reveal positive results.

 

Our Founders

 
"People do more when someone else believes they can do more."

"People do more when someone else believes they can do more."

president

Travis Fenderson, M.A.

With the guidance of several role models during childhood, Travis spent much of his adolescence involved in youth programs. By participating in high school basketball, he was able to remain on a positive track, eventually finding himself playing collegiate basketball. During college Travis worked with youth and community organizations in various capacities. It was then that he discovered his passion is helping people. After earning an advanced degree and teaching troubled youth for many years, Travis chose to positively impact the community as a police officer. As a husband, father, teacher, coach, and role model, Travis constantly works to develop those around him.

 

"The future is dependent upon the development of each community's future leaders."

"The future is dependent upon the development of each community's future leaders."

Vice president

Geoffrey Meeks

As a Los Angeles native and graduate of his local public school system, Geoff understands the importance of shaping communities through youth. Frequently discussing the impact his mentors have had on him, he stresses the importance of mentoring others. After high school, he found himself in college on a basketball scholarship. Armed with a college degree and guided by strong desire to help develop communities, Geoff has taken an oath to serve the community through a career in law enforcement. As a husband, father, mentor, and leader, Geoff positively impacts lives on a constant basis.  

"The mentor mentee relationship is a two way street, both lives develop one another."

"The mentor mentee relationship is a two way street, both lives develop one another."

secretary

Jelani Janisse

Coach "J" remembers the influence mentors had on his life. After completing high school he was recruited to participate in collegiate basketball, eventually ending up playing for the University of Kansas. Upon completing his degree, he begin his professional career a youth counselor in a facility for troubled youth. With a passion for helping people, he decided to commit his life to the service of others. Coach "J" is a father, husband, entrepreneur, life coach, and currently provides training to youth and adults in multiple areas of personal growth and development.