Sisters of the Holy Names believes that education transforms lives and families. In 1994, that belief led to the creation of Next Step Learning Center in Oakland, CA. Sisters Cynthia Canning and Rosemary Delaney, who served as Co-Directors of Next Step for its first 21 years, share how Next Step has helped underserved youth and adults in Oakland build literacy skills, attain diplomas and transform their lives.

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At Next Step Learning Center, low-income youth and adults re-engage in education. With the support of caring staff, dedicated tutors and stimulating curriculum, students:

  • Build basic literacy
  • Earn a high school diploma or GED
  • Gain job skills
  • Succeed in college
  • Embark on sustaining careers

Next Step supports each person by providing a caring environment, bridges to the business, civic, and educational community, and a strong support and follow-up system.

Next Step envisions a Bay Area where everyone has free access to education, a second chance to complete high school, opportunities for college success, and the ability to succeed in meaningful careers. Next Step strives to create educational pathways out of poverty and reduce educational disparities due to race, poverty, and disability status.

Learn more about Next Step Learning Center.

Guests: Sister Cynthia Canning and Sister Rosemary Delaney

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