A Step BeyondWhat's Happening and Other Info

2021 ASB Auditions/ Audiciones ASB 2021

Audition to join A Step Beyond as a student will be online this year./ La audición para unirse a A Step Beyond como estudiante estará en línea este año.

Applications are available now through February 5th, 2021/ Las solicitudes están disponibles desde ahora hasta el 5 de febrero de 2021

Family Information Meeting:/ Reunión de información familiar:

Zoom Link:  Friday, January 29th @ 6 PM/ Viernes 29 de enero a las 6 p.m.

To qualify:

  • Students must be between 8 – 12 years (third grade – eighth grade)
  • Families must qualify for free/reduced lunch at school
  • Students must have transportation to A Step Beyond

Para calificar:

  • Los estudiantes deben tener entre 8 y 12 años (tercer grado – octavo grado)
  • Las familias deben calificar para el almuerzo gratis / reducido en la escuela
  • Los estudiantes deben tener transporte a A Step Beyond

A Step Beyond Flyer with Link to Parent Meeting and Online Application in English and Spanish 


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Winter Showcase

Greetings Board and Friends!

We had to quickly shift gears and switch off of YouTube to Vimeo for our screening.  Please join us today on Vimeo at 4 PM.

Here will be the video link:   https://vimeo.com/492666358

We are working on the Livestream, so please check our page to see it is ready, and then you can chat live with staff and youth.



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COVID ReOpening Information

A Step Beyond (ASB) will launch its fall programming on Monday, September 21st, 2020. ASB will host classes online through Zoom and based on State guidelines, limit our on-campus activities. As ASB prepares to reopen, we do so with precaution and by using some of the best practices available. We are using guidelines provided by the State of California, San Diego County, and Bioprep Solutions. Bioprep Solutions is a public health solutions organization. They are professionals in their field and developed many of the safety operations and protocols to safely reopen ASB. The following information guides our on-campus activities.

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2021 Program Information

Dear A Step Beyond Students and Families,

It has been a year unlike any other in our history – from having to abruptly stop in-person classes in March, to postponing our annual concert, and finally, to creating online programming. Many of you were able to navigate these changes with us and all have seen great value in your continued connection with us.

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Safety Code of Conduct


A Step Beyond (ASB) and parents of enrolled students hereby enter into the following Memorandum of Understanding in response to the ongoing health concerns presented by the COVID-19 virus.

ASB and parents recognize our shared interest in maintaining safe, high quality dance, academic, and family services onsite for our students, while mitigating potential exposure and illnesses to students and ASB staff from the COVID-19 virus. As a result, both parties agree to follow the following code of conduct and enter into this agreement to maximize student, staff, and community safety.

Please download, read and respond. Thank You!

ASB COVID-19 Safety Code of Conduct MOU-English and Spanish.pdf

ASB COVID 19 Safety- Waiver of Liability.pdf

Fall Program packet- English and Spanish.pdf

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A Step Beyond Names James Wright as New Executive Director

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2020

Contact Jeff Segall
Member, ASB Board of Directors

A Step Beyond CEO, James K. Wright

Escondido, California – The Board of Directors of A Step Beyond (ASB) announced today that James K. Wright will be joining the Creative Youth Development non-profit organization on July 13 as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director, following the retirement of current CEO and Executive Director Frank Foster, according to Board Chair Steve Gosselin.

“After months of going through an extensive recruitment and interviewing process, our Board identified James as an exceptional fit for A Step Beyond,” Gosselin said. “As our new CEO and Executive Director, James will bring his extensive experience of helping underserved youth in San Diego take hold of their dreams for college and a career.”

Wright has served as CEO of San Diego’s Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) since December of 2015. At the non-profit organization, he restored fiscal sustainability, developed a diversified fundraising model, and built a five-year strategic plan for their model college and career readiness program for K-12 grade students.

Prior to joining Classroom of the Future, Wright served as Director of Development and Marketing for Feeding San Diego (FSD). He joined FSD in August of 2011. FSD is one of San Diego’s leading hunger-relief organizations providing nutritious meals for those in need.

Wright explained his reason for accepting the offer to come to ASB. “ASB is an amazing organization,” he said, “because it provides young people with the vision and skills they need to succeed. The ongoing arts, educational and social service programs, and individualized mentoring, that ASB provides, are exactly what young people need, and I know of no other organization that provides all of these services as well as ASB does,” he added. “On top of that, ASB commits to working with and helping these kids for ten years, until they get their high school diploma!”

Wright believes that ASB’s mission and programs are more critical than ever before, with many families impacted by increased hardships caused by the pandemic and the likely cuts to public  education this Fall.

Wright has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he graduated cum laude in 2009 following studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for six months. He received his Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego (USD) in 2014 and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt through USD.

A Step Beyond was formed in 2014 as a vision of Frank and Jan Foster, and a group of community leaders, who made a commitment to establishing the non-profit organization to help underserved youth following his retirement as CEO of Fieldstone Homes. Since its inception, Foster has served as the organization’s CEO and Executive Director, because he wanted to help young people learn to fulfill their dreams and succeed in a career. As he leaves ASB, he will complete his second career retirement. He, along with his wife, Jan, will remain on ASB’s Board of Directors.

“I am absolutely thrilled that James will be helping bring A Step Beyond to the next level of serving our kids, their families, and this community,” Foster said. “He has a passion for helping the underserved in our community, and his experience in education, fundraising, and leading teams will serve A Step Beyond well.”

Based at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, ASB brings in third-grade students from Escondido and San Marcos and commits to mentoring them through graduating high school and pursuing college or a career. In almost every case, ASB students will be the first in their families to attend college. ASB uses dance as the mechanism for recruiting their students. “Teaching dance enhances our students’ cognitive skills and helps them focus on the arts and music,” Foster said. “Usually these types of programs are the first to be cut in public schools when budgets are reduced. Our program picks up for that.”

Once students are recruited to ASB, they also receive extensive academic support including hands on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities in ASB’s MakerSpace lab and college preparatory assistance. They also have access to certified social service counselors who work with students individually or in groups, as well as with students’ families. Wright lives in Vista with his wife, Samantha, and their two children, Fox and Indy.

In his spare time, James teaches tennis and golf for Southern California Special Olympics and serves on the Board of Directors of Resounding Joy, a non-profit that provides music therapy to children, seniors, veterans and individuals facing hardships. He also is a volunteer grant writer for Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad.

Download the Press Release.pdf

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Member ID’s

Academic Support

  • Students/Parents: Anyone wanting tutoring can contact Ivan: icorona@a-step-beyond.org or Ms. Taylor: cztaylor@a-step-beyond.org
  • Academic Leaders contacting students/parents with Learning Contracts to arrange individual tutoring sessions
  • Wednesday meetings with Academic Leaders: 4PM: https://zoom.us/j/863865321
  • Educational packets/information available at ASB office Thursday, March 19th, from 12:00 noon-4:00 PM

Dance Classes

Family Services

We want our students and parents to know that you are not alone during this quarantine. We encourage all our students and parents to join our online support groups:

Call (760)670-3250 to receive a Zoom Online Meeting ID for you or your child.


  • Fundraising Committee Meeting: Tuesday, March 24th from 8:30-10:00


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Happy Holidays 2019!

Check out our latest newsletter for the holiday season!


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Summer Newsletter 2019 (Roxanne)

Get to know Roxanne: Fun Facts:


What are 5 words that best describe you?

Curious, playful, kind, open and positive

What was the career you dreamed of one day having back when you were a kid?

As a child, I dreamed of being an airline flight attendant because they were always smiling and got to travel the world.


What are you reading right now?

Children of Blood & Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi


What book, movie, or song influenced or inspired you as a youth?

I was very inspired by the flamenco songs I heard growing up in Cadiz, Spain.  Pueblos de la Tierra Mia, by Cameron de la Isla is a beautiful song that captures the vibrant and soulful people of Andalucia. Listening to it transports me through time and space to special time in my life.


What would you choose as your personal theme song?

I’m not sure about that! Too many songs speak to me, depending on my mood.   Most are not even in English.  I enjoy music from around the world and usually connect with the feeling and rhythm over lyrics.


What do you do for fun when you’re not at ASB?

I swim in the ocean like a mermaid at La Jolla Cove and Caves. I also love to paddle board and kayak all over Southern California.


What’s your favorite style of dance? or who’s a favorite choreographer?

My favorite styles of dance are Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and any other African-American diaspora based dances (ex. Peruvian, Venezuelan, Caribbean…).  All of these dances share the same African roots but have evolved their own unique styles and identities through out the Americas.  My all time favorite choreographer is Alvin Ailey, his brilliance is timeless.


Personal motto?

Motion is lotion & use it or lose it!


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Summer Newsletter 2019 (Josue)

Get to know Josue: Fun Facts:


What are 5 words that best describe you?

Loving, achieving, persistent, outgoing, devoted


What was the career you dreamed of one day having back when you were a kid?

I looked up to my grandfather when I was a kid and wanted to be a carpenter like him. He gifted me a set of miniature tools, including a functioning hammer, planer, and saw that I used to build furniture next to him using scrap wood.


What are you reading right now?

In preparing for my role at ASB, I am reviewing work by Louis Cozolino, Irvin Yalom, and Bessel Van Der Kolk. But in my leisure, most recently, I read various Roal Dahl short stories, and a couple of Kurt Vonnegut’s books.


What book, movie, or song influenced or inspired you as a youth?

I was exposed to a mixture of musical genres of music when I was younger and there are so many great songs I could pick, but Corazón de Niño by Argentine pianist Raúl di Blasio was my favorite. A calm composition for a chaotic environment to keep me centered. I think I heard it once on t.v. and it stuck.


What would you choose as your personal theme song?

I’m not sure but probably something fun and uplifting to get me going.


What do you do for fun when you’re not at ASB?

I love spending time with my family at home and outdoors. At home, my spouse and I enjoy cooking and watching tv shows or movies together. Outdoors, we enjoy visiting new restaurants and exploring new towns.


What’s your favorite style of dance? or who’s a favorite choreographer?

I enjoy the spectrum of wonderful dance styles and the raw energy and expression exuded by the dancers in a performance. Mikhail Baryshnikov, however, remains on my list of dancers I’d like to see perform live.


 Personal motto?

Celebrate wins and appreciate good times.

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