News
November 7th, 2019

Our students were invited to participate in an activity at Art Force near North High School. ArtForce Iowa is a local arts nonprofit located in Des Moines with the mission to transform youth in need through art. ArtForce Iowa believes that every young person deserves the opportunity to be creative and to express themselves without … Read more »


November 7th, 2019

We are once again collecting food donations for the Food Bank of Iowa’s Combat Hunger drives. We have set a goal to collect 500 items before November 21st. They are looking for the following items: canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, peanut butter, cereal, and personal care items. Please give to one … Read more »


September 25th, 2019

  We have started placing students in non-paid work experiences in the community.  Students are placed in rotations for 6-8 weeks for a couple hours a day.  While on these sites students are working to not only improve the skills related to the specific job, but they are developing employability soft skills such as working … Read more »


September 25th, 2019

On September 20th several STEP students earned volunteer hours by participating in a project sponsored by the Des Moines Park and Recreation. STEP students teamed up with other volunteers from Wells Fargo to help restore several headstones in the historic Woodland Cemetery just northwest of Central Campus. Des Moines Park and Rec staff taught the … Read more »


September 17th, 2019

We feel strongly that in order for students to be successful at work and in life they need to be healthy physically and emotionally. We are so grateful that we will be continuing a partnership with NEXT STEP Counseling this year. A certified social worker from will be conducting groups with our STEP students once … Read more »


September 17th, 2019

Once a month the education director from Planned Parenthood will be coming to STEP to teach our students a refresher course in healthy relationships. Topics will include public vs private, healthy relationships, STI’s, and birth control. Students are giving the option to leave the room at any time if they need a break or feel … Read more »


February 25th, 2019

We have been notified that there will be some changes to the Medicaid system that we wanted you to be aware of.  There is a third MCO company entering the system July 1st  so individuals receiving Medicaid may be switched to a different provider called Iowa Total Care.   Letters will be sent in March from DHS … Read more »


May 2nd, 2018

Central Perk has reopened for business.  Every Friday school is in session staff and visitors at Central Campus have an opportunity to purchase coffee and treats from our STEP students.  Hours for Central Perk are 8:00- 9:30 am. Students in STEP  gain experience taking orders, collecting money, making change, and preparing drink orders. They will … Read more »