STEER provides individualized mentorship, services, and financial support to ensure students thrive academically, develop socially and emotionally, and excel athletically. STEER removes obstacles that inhibit holistic student development and provides alternative positive support; this support allows program participants to develop college and career readiness skills and personal competencies that will empower them to become positive contributors in a global society while improving family and community outcomes.
The September 26th, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a year long journey by senior writer Alexander Wolff who researched, visited and witnessed the impact of sport in dealing with some of the world's most pressing problems. In his article Wolff writes, "grass roots programs involving tens of thousands of participants around the globe, visionaries are using athletics to tackle the most pressing problems of the developing world - from AIDS in Africa to violence in Rio." Wolff questions whether such projects can have a lasting difference and if the dream of salvation through sport is too grandiose. STEER's vision is to use sports participation to save the world one student-athlete at a time.
Our students are 7th to 12th grade “at promise” student-athletes. An at promise student-athlete is someone who, by virtue of their circumstance, may be exposed to risk-factors but possess unique qualities and talents that contribute to positive development.
Note: STEER only accepts applications from Student Athletes in grades 7th through 10th. Please see our Application and Student On-boarding Process Disclaimer.
Our goal is to achieve better personal, social, and educational outcomes within STEER communities. Through our individualized support of student-athletes, we aim to ensure high school graduation and provide college and career readiness opportunities. Students are engaged in our program until high school graduation but remain active members of our STEER community after high school.