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Preparing Youth for Life

“Before the journey starts, we must determine where you want to go.”
– Jaeda Sykes, Founder


Sykes S.T.E.P.S Inc. is a youth organization based in the Lake Norman Community of North Carolina. Sykes S.T.E.P.S is an acronym for Setting The Example and Promoting Success – an ethos that we strive to embody in all that we do. Through our life skill courses and support services, our organization provides students the motivation, guidance, and inspiration required for them to grow into confident, contributing members of society.

Through a combination of life skill courses, career services, college tours, and more… our organization offers a solution. We lay out clear, actionable steps for teens and young adults to take full control of their lives.

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We are centrally located just 12 miles north of Charlotte.  We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere where your youth can find comfort and the ability to freely express themselves.

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Guide. Motivate. Inspire.

Devoted to guiding, motivating, and inspiring youth for their future lives.

  • Individualized focus – each applicant is unique

  • Local training – maximizing familiar surroundings

  • Patterns & pathways – Identify, correct, and prepare

Youth receive coaching and mentoring; training in communication skills and conflict resolution; career exploration and preparation, and job retention skills training.


Empowerment – To give teens the power to approach adulthood vigorously and unafraid of the future.

Community – To bring partners and families together to support our youth. To make our resources, leadership, and staff accessible to all families. Also, to create a sense of togetherness and belonging for all.

Innovation – To always bring new ideas, techniques, and resources to our customer.

Service – To provide exceptional, quality service to all members and visitors.

Integrity –  To uphold our authenticity and display moral uprightness to serve as an example to our developing youth.

To support teens during their transition to adulthood.

To be the leader in helping teens and young adults transform into productive, contributing members to society.




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The best preparation for tomorrow, is doing your best today.