A Step BeyondWhat's Happening and Other Info

A Step Beyond 2018 Introduction Video

This is an introduction video provides a wonderful overview of the goals and aspirations A Step Beyond has for children and their families.

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2018 A Step Beyond Informational Video

This is an informational video for parents interested in having their child audition for our program. This will give you a quick overview of what A Step Beyond will be offering in the first year and over the course of their journey.

Este es un video informativo para padres interesados en hacer una audición de su hijo para nuestro programa. Esto le dará una visión general rápida de lo que ofrecerá A Step Beyond en el primer año y en el transcurso de su viaje.

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2018 A Step Beyond Auditions

Download 2018 A Step Beyond Auditions Flyer: English  |   Español

Saturday, October 6, 2018

It is time for our Annual Auditions!

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We are Hiring! – Academic Facilitator

A Step Beyond is hiring!  As we expand our academic support for our youth, we need a new staff member to think about high school and college and career readiness.  If you are interested in working with our team of dedicated creative youth development professionals, speak spanish and have experience supporting  youth in their academic pursuits, this might be the perfect fit for you!

APF Position

Linked-In posting

Send a cover letter and resume to hiring@a-step-beyond.org  ASAP! We are interviewing now!

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Creative Youth Development Video

Meet Briana, a 4th year student at A Step Beyond and hear about her journey in our Creative Youth Development program.

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ASB featured in Onside News North County

(Photo: Angela Kohler)

A Step Beyond and the California Center For The Arts Invites You to a Groundbreaking Event

Escondido CA— Join us on Friday, May 4th at 11:30 am on campus at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, to help us celebrate the official groundbreaking of the Dave Langlois Children’s Center, a multi-use office space serving the youth and families of A Step Beyond.

About A Step Beyond

A Step Beyond is an after school Creative Youth Development program helping underserved youth break the cycle of poverty through offering dance training, academic support, and family services to over 140 students from Escondido and San Marcos.

A Step Beyond opened its doors to its first cohort in 2014 and continues to welcome a new class of 3rd and 4th graders each fall while continuing to train and educate our older students.  A Step Beyond will reach its full capacity in Fall of 2022 when it plans to be serving 350 students in grades 3 through 12.  The ultimate goal of A Step Beyond is to empower underserved youth to transform their lives, families, and communities and to prepare them for college and career.

The new Dave Langlois Children’s Center will house A Step Beyond’s administrative offices, family counseling center, and student and parent learning centers. It is named for Dave Langlois, a homebuilder and philanthropist with a heart for underserved youth, and is underwritten by a generous matching grant from the Fieldstone Foundation.  Pardee Homes, the builder captain, is managing the entire construction.

A Step Beyond is located at California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. A Step Beyond’s Office can be reached at (760) 670-3250.  To learn more, including performance dates for our upcoming student concert, and further information, visit a-step-beyond.org.

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Featuring ASB Supporters, The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

Bandleader and television personality Lawrence Welk was one of eight children born to German/Russian immigrant parents in North Dakota. While winters were grim and money was tight, the family found joy in singing and dancing together. Lawrence left his family farm in North Dakota on his 21st birthday with an accordion, the clothes on his back, a fourth grade education and command only of the German language. He took his musical talent and joyful spirit with him as he traveled the Midwest playing at barn dances, on local radio and, eventually, in dance halls around the country.  In 1951 KTLA television broadcast his show and the effervescent sound of his “Champagne Music” was heard across the nation, every Saturday night for the next 30 years.

Welk never forgot his humble beginnings, speaking fondly about his family and birthplace, where he said he was taught to work, share and live “according to God’s laws.” In 1960, the family-oriented bandleader with a penchant for “treating people right” founded the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation. He believed deeply in the importance of a nurturing family and the opportunity for all to live with dignity. In keeping with this, the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation supports grass-roots organizations that demonstrate a long-term commitment to the under served children and families participating in their programs.

Executive Director, Lisa Parker says, “A Step Beyond is the perfect nonprofit partner for us. ASB takes the same love of music and dance that kept our Granddad’s feet tapping to ignite the creative spark in its students while, at the same time, demonstrating a long term commitment to supporting them and their families on and off the dance floor. My grandfather really believed in investing in youth so they could prosper as individuals and as future leaders. ASB’s programs, administration and leadership are among the most thoughtful and effective we have encountered in our decades of doing this work. I wish my Granddad could see it for himself. I can see the ear to ear smile and twinkle in his eye he would surely have.”

The leadership role passed from mother to daughter in 1997 when Welk’s granddaughter Lisa Parker took over as President and Executive Director. Today, second and third generations of the Welk family serve on the Board of Directors and the 20 members of the 4th generation are now the Junior Board.  This “G4” Junior Board participates in an annual “philanthropy camp” that includes volunteering and service projects, fundraising, site visits to area nonprofits and grantmaking.

Examples of G4 Projects:

  1. One year the Board offered to match any funds the younger family members aged four to 14 could raise for an air conditioner needed at a therapeutic pre-school for abused and neglected children. The family was together at a family meeting at a San Diego resort at the time, and the members of the fourth generation set out in teams selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to golfers. The younger family members exceeded their goal of $1,200 which was doubled with the help of the Foundation’s matching funds, and were jubilant in their capacity to make a difference. Having a fun but meaningful way of being engaged at such an early age has the capacity to impact many aspects of future philanthropic leadership. In addition to helping to continue the spirit of joyful generosity of the Welk family, a project like this also helps to develop team-building skills and build deeper relationships among cousins who may someday serve as board members.
  2. When one of Welk’s grandsons adopted two girls from China, the family members asked the adoption agency what might be done for other children in China. When they learned about a young boy with a cleft palate. Each of the Welk households got mason jars with a picture of the young man on them so they could collect pocket change at the end of each day for the cause. The effort was infectious. Teenage friends of the family were inspired to donate their allowances to the jar. Board members also personally chipped in.

“We came together with much fanfare at the annual meeting and counted all this change,” says Lisa.

Ultimately, the family raised more than $7,000–enough to help six additional children.

We have also done beach cleanups, planted organic gardens and built bikes for homeless youth.

Today, three generations of the extended Welk family, ages eleven to eighty-five, give and volunteer together in order to nurture community engagement and the philanthropic spirit across generations and over the course of a lifetime.

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Artistic Director, Jennifer Oliver – North County Feature

Read more about the feature on our Artistic Director, Jennifer Oliver, in the North County Union Tribune!


Q: What are your goals as artistic director?

A: Ultimately I seek to create a safe, desirable and enriching space for our youth to come to after school; a place where they feel confident as individuals while feeling connected to a community, a place where their basic needs are met while being challenged artistically and academically, and a place where they feel accepted and loved. I want every child to feel the love of our staff lift them up and push them toward a better future. Read More.


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ASB Featured in the Union Tribune!

What a great way to end 2017. Artistic Director, Jennifer Oliver was invited to share her thoughts on “Why the arts matter” in a year-end feature in Sunday’s paper. If you didn’t get the chance to read the hard copy, you can read the online version here.

By dancing, we will come together as a community, we will build strength and flexibility, and we will face challenges and overcome them. Even more importantly, we will take up space unapologetically, feel powerful in our bodies, and celebrate our diverse, creative choices.   – Oliver

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obrARCHITECTURE Arts Auction Benefits A Step Beyond

If you haven’t done so already, let us know that you are joining us by contacting info@obrarchitecture.com.

We have over 15 artworks for Auction this year! Below is a sneak peak of Bid Items #01-17. If you are persuaded to Bid early or are not able to make the event but want to Bid, please see below and let us know before 1:00pm Wednesday! We look forward to seeing you!


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