Footsteps 2 Success
The Goals of Footsteps 2 Success, INC., are:
1) To enrich the individual experience of youth at risk of negative behavior by providing them mentoring services.
2) To encourage youth to take the necessary steps to succeed educationally.
3) To provide youth that are at risk of dropping out of school with mentors who will inspire and increase motivation skills.
4) To decrease the amount of Human Sex Trafficking in the state by partnering with Law Enforcement Agencies, nonprofits, Attorney General's Office, and other stakeholders in the community.
5) To provide the resources and clinical intervention needed to youth that have been exposed or are at risk.
6) Provide a renewal of the mind, body, and spirit, through Girls' Circle, and a pageant, that promotes positive self-esteem.
The mission of Footsteps 2 Success is to provide a renewal of the mind, body, and spirit, through building confidence, character, life skills, reintegration, and health and wellness. Dr. Leigh Hicks founded Footsteps 2 Success in 2010, to address the community crisis of young girls, coping with low self-esteem, and other mental health issues by engaging in self-destructive behaviors. Footsteps 2 Success,Inc., provides young ladies and women with the positive guidance, mentorship, and other resources needed to overcome adversity and live independently.
"In order to reach them, we have to teach them!"
This program will address the needs of at-risk girls ages 11-18. Low self-esteem and unaddressed mental health concerns increase the likelihood of girls engaging in risky, self-destructive behaviors and crime. Conversely, girls with low self-esteem also tend to avoid risks that could improve their lives, such as challenging themselves academically, initiating new friendships, or enforcing boundaries with a romantic partner.
Leigh Hicks, MSW, LCSW-A, PhD
Dr. Leigh Hicks, Founder and Director of Footsteps 2 Success, Inc., a former Richland County Deputy Sheriff, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, and Lead Core Faculty Member at Walden University, established the Miss Willow Lane Pageant in February of 2007 to promote inner beauty and to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit of young ladies at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Leigh Hicks went on to establish the Miss Footsteps 2 Success Pageant in the community as well. This pageant promotes positive self-esteem, and the winner receives a scholarship.