The Steps Coalition was formed in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Comprised of 20+ nonprofit organizations and community members, Steps convenes and provides space for the community to define and advocate for its priorities – to build capacity and leadership and provide a voice for the community – by facilitating communication, coordination, and collaboration among its members.
Steps works with community organizations as part of a strategic, multi-state movement building process. Steps' role in this process is to:
Create space for the community to identify its priorities and convene
Mobilize and organize constituents and stakeholders around an issue of mutual importance
Develop leadership capacity by providing knowledge, skills, and access to powerbrokers
Build power at the grassroots level to give voice to the underserved
Support new leadership by empowering communities to advocate and act on their own behalf
Mobilize local leaders to advocate for broader community, institutional, or policy change
As we enter a new decade and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the economic crisis of 2008/2009, and the BP Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill recede into our rear view, we believe it is time that we progress “From Advocacy to Investment” and implement on-the-ground resources and solutions in the following areas on the Mississippi Gulf Coast:
Community Development that focuses on Affordable Housing, Economic Development, and Preservation of Historical Communities
Climate & Environmental Justice centered around Climate Resilience, Sustainable Resource Development, and Environmental Stewardship
Human Rights including Civil Rights, Voting Rights, and Racial Equity
"From Advocacy to Investment...Mastering the New Decade"
To build a democratic movement to create a healthy, just and equitable Mississippi Gulf Coast, by developing local leadership, supporting communities to advocate for their needs, and by facilitating communication, coordination, and collaboration among our membership.
To ensure that local neighborhoods will be involved in decision-making processes that affect their lives and the future of their communities. Non-profits, faith-based, civic organizations, and all people who share Steps’ vision working together for a healthy, just and equitable Mississippi Gulf Coast.