First Step - Join The Movement

$3,705 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 43 months
First Step Youth Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in 2001 because we were interested in and dedicated to the youth. Our goal in forming the organization was to assist in the physical, psychological, educational, social and spiritual development of young student athletes.

First Step is an extension of family. It is not just an athletic program, it's an educational program and a social program. Our commitment is to provide individuals from various economic backgrounds with the necessary tools to become positive citizens.

After nine fruitful years of excellence (2000-2009), co-founders John Batson and Corey Harper began revisiting the proposed idea of bringing First Step back after seeing the level and consistency of the violence plaguing the city of Chicago, grow each and every month. This fact coupled with the sheer determination and tenacity of past First Step players, the process of reemerging as not only a basketball powerhouse but also a sanctuary for young student athletes began once again.  

Now in 2015 with just shy of fifteen years of experience, hardships, success, and fortitude, First Step is back and ready to tackle the issue of violence within the city through education and athletics. The first step in this process is to make the youth mentally aware of their potential by not allowing them to limit themselves to just basketball but introducing them to careers around the globe. To do this, First Step has called upon their alum whom boast careers not only in the NBA and Euro-Leagues but also in Medicine, Law, Culinary, Engineering, Schooling, Banking, and the Arts to name a few. Upon the youth understanding there is no ceiling to their potential as well as receiving first-hand knowledge/mentorship from alum who once walked in their shoes, many who too are from their very same neighborhoods, the issue at hand will begin to dwindle.    

The reemergence of First Step is vital and we as an organization are ready. We take solace in the fact that we have traveled this road before and succeeded beyond even our own expectations. 

Our purpose is evident. Our mission is clear. Our success is proven. 

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Today is #Giving Tuesday. If you’re in a giving spirit please take this opportunity to support First Step which is the foundation that I founded with Corey Harper. We thank you in advance for your generosity in helping us achieve our goal of touching the lives of Chicagoland youth. For more info visit our website For updates follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
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This is reason why we do what we do. Our job is to occupy their mind, body and spirit and help give them a positive path to travel. With your donation, you help us help them. Thank you.
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Please read the article in today's Chicago Sun-Times about how the First Step family will honor two of our very own with a tribute basketball game tonight at Corliss H.S. at 6pm. All are welcome to support us in our effort.
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We so appreciate all that have already given. This cause is so necessary. Anything and everything helps.

Thank You!
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$3,705 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 43 months
Created July 17, 2015
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James Love
6 months ago

Heres the Dough for the Tickets JB Have a Great Night My Brother!!

Edith Spells
8 months ago

Children are the future!

Sumatra Thompson
8 months ago

It’s not much but I hope it helps.

Arun Tewari
16 months ago

Keep up the great work my friend, Corey (and others)

18 months ago
Arun Tewari
22 months ago

I coach a 5th grade team that recently played the First Step team in a tournament in Indiana. I was very impressed with the boys not only on the court but with their humility and sportsmanship off the court. Introduced myself to Corey who directed me to website. In awe of what you have accomplished. Keep up the great work.

Josette Thompson
23 months ago

First Step is a great organization run by great people. Keep up the good work!

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