Take My 1st STEP... What's after High School?

Enrollment Now OPEN for 2019! My 1st STEP: High School Transition Program

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GET READY FOR YOUR NEXT STEPS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL!

My 1st STEP is a call to action! It is specifically designed for individuals who are transitioning into the community for the first time. It is a structured program that focuses on personal development and teaches the skills necessary for members to be in the community and share spaces. 


My 1st STEP 120, Employment Stream: For members interested in employment.

This program operates out of our NextStep Clubhouse, located at 1105 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.  Our NextSTEP Club House is within 10 minutes walking distance from a subway station, library, gym, mall, park, and is surrounded by local restaurants, shops and stores. The neighbourhood also hosts a great selection of recreation and leisure activities, including: art therapy, music therapy, outdoor skating/basketball, karaoke, billiards and games. Students 18 yrs+ who choose this program option, typically enroll part-time in the My 1st STEP Program and part-time in the Work STEP Foundations Program.


My1st STEP 200, Social Stream: For members not yet ready for employment.

This program operates out of our NextStep Clubhouse, located at 1105 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.  Our NextSTEP Club House is within 10 minutes walking distance from a subway station, library, gym, mall, park, and is surrounded by local restaurants, shops and stores. The neighbourhood also hosts a great selection of recreation and leisure activities, including: art therapy, music therapy, outdoor skating/basketball, karaoke, billiards and games. Students 18 yrs+ who choose this program option, typically enroll full-time in the My 1st STEP Program.


SKILLS WILL BE DEVELOPED IN: 

  • Community Rules and Expectations 
  • Managing money and reward systems
  • Using Public Transit
  • Using Technology/Lifestyle Apps
  • Going to a Gym, Library, Mall and Places of Interest
  • Learning Pre-work Skills


Monthly Requirements

Toronto Library Card (Required)

TTC Support Card (Required)

Presto Card (Required)

Access2 Entertainment Card (Required)

Assessments & Reports (Included)

STEP Planning (Included)

Smartphone or Tablet with, Talk / Text /Data (Required)


Program Specific Requirements

Gym Membership    $34.00

Training Equipment $20.00


Fees 12 Months / Monthly: 

My 1st STEP 200: $28,800 / $2,400.00

My 1st STEP 120:  $17,280 / $1,440.00

Learn to Live in Your Community

My 1st STEP 120, Employment Stream.

Our Part-time program is a 120 day, full year program that coincides with the academic calendar. It is best for students who are currently in high school and preparing to transition into the community part-time, or who will attend a day program part-time, or who will participate in our Work STEP Foundations Program part-time. Learning Groups are staffed at a 2:1 - 3:1 participant to staff ratio. Activity fees extra. 


My 1st STEPs 200, Social Stream.

Our Full-time program is a 200 day, full year program that coincides with the academic calendar. It is best for students who have graduated from high school and are interested in a full-time program with continuing education, but are not yet ready for employment. Learning groups are staffed at a 2:1 - 3:1 participant to staff ratio. Activity fees extra.

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The Focus of Each STEP Program is Personal Development!

Choice & Control

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Understand your options; Make your choices;  Follow your plan

Communication & Social Skills

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Communicate your wants, needs and feelings; Positively engage others

Self-Regulation

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Understand the expected & the unexpected; Manage negative thoughts and emotions

Self-Advocacy & Self-Help

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Know what you need; Clearly communicate your needs; Know your rights

Adaptive Skills

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Solve problems in real-time; Learn strategies to keep safe; Learn where to go for help

Up to 40% Less Costly than Alternatives... with Personalized Transitions into Lifestyles of Choice!

What Sets Us Apart

  • Know what to do after High School. Comprehensive transition program from High School through to Adulthood.


  • Live a life of choice with a high standard of living. We incorporate all of your needs, including: Social, Recreation, Leisure, Work & Community Living.


  • Flexible Part-time and Full-time fee for service options. Daytime, Evening, Weekend, Holiday and Overnight programs and services; with short - long term accommodation options arriving soon!


  • Coming to your Community soon. We are rapidly developing new locations to better serve our community; with goals to grow and expand across Southern Ontario, with you as our trusted partners.


  • Do More with your Limited Funding Dollars! Members learn the skills necessary to reduces their support needs. Move from 1:1 towards 3:1 or from 3:1 towards 6:1 staffing support needs. We design our programs to work with your funding dollars, so that our programs and services remain affordable. 

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ...

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Words from our Participants and Parents

"You’re teaching has helped me with my daily life routine which includes work life. I’ve learned how to be more confident and also stand up for myself and have a certain  behaviour at work..... also helped me have stronger friendships. 

I would strongly recommend NextSteps because you have made sure whoever you teach reaches their best and shines in their future.”  Hassan – Former Student


“I like Amberley because he is amazing, and he taught me how to take the TTC by myself. I really enjoy the trips we go on. I love them.” Rory - Current Student 


“Through this program, Jonathan’s language, comprehension, anxiety and how he interacts and socializes in public has improved tremendously. I highly recommend other parents who are looking for social outlets for their children to contact NextSteps.” Janet - Parent 


“Amberley has been in our lives for 8 years. He understands my son at times better then me. He can see through the lens of my son and gets the intricate workings of his mind. His Input is exceptional and I so appreciate his upbeat positive attitude & patience. Amberley creates the most detailed, thought out plans for our kids, which cater to their Interests, learning & needs. This past year, Amberley taught my son how to take the TTC independently. He taught him more then one way to get home in case a route was shut down. Taught him what to do if there was no ticket collector in the booth, what to do if someone sits to close to you etc. I feel very fortunate to have had Amberley’s guidance & expertise over these years. He is our angel.” Sarah – Parent