STEPS 2021

What is STEPS?

STEPS is an annual event that brings together over 100 young parents, as well as over 30 local organizations and agencies serving young parents! The event is planned by and for young parents, and strives to connect the young parent community to new information, new resources and new friends. Most importantly, the primary goal of STEPS is to celebrate and honor the success of every young parent attendee! The day consists of FREE workshops, FREE resources, and FREE giveaways

While we cherish the opportunity to share community and meet Boston’s amazing young parent community in-person, we decided that this year’s STEPS must once again be virtual due to the lingering safety concerns of COVID-19. Our virtual event will consist of an array of mini-events spread throughout the week (July 19th – 22nd). We will be bringing back all your favorite parts of our annual celebration including workshops, interactive resource fairs, inspiring keynotes, and of course….giveaways! And despite bringing the event online, we are doing what we can to make sure that young parents find ways to support and connect with each other in this virtual space.

Schedule

Workshop Session 1

Monday, July 19 from 6:15 – 7:15pm

  1. ThinkFirst for Your Baby: Infant/Child Safety– Boston Children’s Hospital
    ThinkFirst for your baby is a workshop focused on keeping your baby/child safe! This workshop will provide information on child passenger safety, home safety/baby-proofing, sleep safety and water safety. Those who participate will get free safety supplies to use at home!
  2. “Helping Our Children Get Their Needs Met” – Family Nurturing Center
    This workshop will review the importance of empathy in nurturing parenting, understanding our basic needs as human beings and the importance of getting our needs met so we can be nurturing Dads and Moms. And teaching our children to care for self and others.
  3. “Culturally Connecting With Children: (Elementary and Middle School Age Focused)” – Mothers for Justice and Equality
    This workshop focuses on how to culturally connect and communicate in healthy ways with your child/children between the ages of 5-12. Join MJE to discuss communication styles, advocacy and support in school, social-emotional support, and setting routines and boundaries.
  4. “The Family Kitchen (Kids welcome)” – Cooking Matters
    Work together with kids in their care to discuss safe, age-appropriate tasks for kids in the kitchen, practice preparing meals or snacks with child-friendly steps and make healthy meals and snacks that everyone will enjoy.

Workshop Session 2

Wednesday, July 21st from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

  1. Noise! Distractions! What’s a Parent to Do?Jewish Family & Children’s Services
    Mindfulness – the practice of noticing what is true and learning to love yourself no matter what is a lifelong process. You don’t need to meditate or do yoga or be an expert in order to explore Mindfulness. This workshop will be an experiential approach to introduce you to some simple, participatory activities. This can support you in incorporating mindfulness and ritual into your life as a new parent. These practices are designed to help bring more calm and more support to respond to parenting and challenging life dynamics.
  2. Got Conflict? Deal with Conflict Effectively: Tools for your Toolbox” – Community Dispute Settlement Center
    This workshop will help young parents examine what happens to people in conflict and identify strategies for positive conflict engagement. It will be interactive and draw from the group’s real life experiences. They will polish up their skills and add a new tool or two to their toolbox.

  3. “Healthy Relationships” – Passageway
  4. Join Passageway for a dynamic conversation on healthy relationships! Through different activities and conversation, we aim to foster discussion around various behaviors within a relationship and identify them as healthy or unhealthy.

  5. “Let’s Be Honest: Conversations About Sexuality” – Planned Parenthood
    The workshop is designed to help parents and other caring adults strengthen their skills in finding teachable moments, being askable adults, and supporting their young people in conversations related to sexuality – ultimately leading to increased comfort and confidence in their roles as the primary sexuality educators of their children. This workshop is the foundation for all other workshops in the curriculum. It helps create a space for parents and other caring adults to reflect on the importance and challenges of talking to their young people about sexuality while also providing helpful techniques and skills to have these conversations. This includes considering what sexuality is and where messages about sexuality come from, with the goal of helping participants recognize the important role they can play in helping their young people navigate the varied and conflicting messages in the world.

Resource Fair 1 (English and Spanish)

Tuesday, July 20 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

  1. Room to Grow
  2. Boston Children’s Hospital
  3. Boston Area Healthy Families
  4. Duet
  5. Passageway
  6. Union Capital Boston
  7. ABCD Fuel Assistance
  8. Family Nurturing Center
  9. Stronger Generations

Resource Fair 2 (Spanish)

Tuesday, July 20 from 6:45 – 7:45 PM

  1. Stronger Generations
  2. Room to Grow
  3. Boston Area Healthy Families
  4. Duet
  5. Passageway
  6. Mothers for Justice and Equality
  7. ABCD Connect

Resource Fair 3 (English and Spanish)

Wednesday, July 21 from 6:45 – 7:45 PM

  1. ABCD Head Start
  2. Jewish Family & Children’s Services
  3. Community Dispute Settlement Center
  4. Mothers for Justice & Equality
  5. Endicott College
  6. Home for Little Wanderers
  7. ABCD Connect
  8. Vital Village
  9. Stronger Generations