Awards & Recognition
In 2016, STEP was recognized for the positive impact on the lives of the participants, businesses, and community at large.
VML Innovation Award
The City of Newport News’ Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) received the public safety award at the Virginia Municipal League’s annual Innovation Awards for Excellence in Local Government banquet held on October 10, 2016. The statewide competition recognizes innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, increased citizen participation and improved services to citizens. Awards are given in five fields within local government: infrastructure, economic development, public safety, working with youth, and communications.
Workforce Development Talent Award
On September 22, 2016, the City of Newport News’ Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) won the Workforce Excellence Award for Talent Development at the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development’s 11th Annual Meeting. Dr. John Olson, Chairman of the Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Board, presented the award to Assistant City Manager Alan Archer and STEP Coordinator Latoya Delk. STEP was recognized for providing workforce readiness skills and work placement opportunities to youth and young adults that introduced them to the world of work.
Congressman Bobby Scott Invites Newport News to Discuss STEP Program
The success of the City’s Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) has gained the attention of U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott. MaRhonda Echols, City of Newport News’ Youth Gang and Violence Prevention Coordinator, was invited by Scott to join other youth advocates from around the country in a panel discussion on September 22, 2016 in Washington DC. The topic of the discussion was Opening Doors For Youth: Improving Outcomes for At-Risk and Opportunity Youth. The discussion was designed to help push the Opening Doors for Youth Act of 2016 (House Bill #6117), a bill proposed by Scott to help connect youth to education and early work experiences allowing them to successfully transition into the labor market.