Focused primarily on the underprivileged African American youth in central Missouri, the High Steppers are commited in providing a place for children to come outside of school, get exercise, learn discepline, stay away from drugs, and learn leadership. As the children age through our program, they gain more responsibility and begin to teach the younger steppers how to "step". Steppers must take a vow of commitment to productive and drug free lifestyle. Below is our creed;
I am responsible for the decisions I make in this life. I am the one who determines who I am, what I do and what I will become. Compassion and hard work are my tenets. Gentleness and resoluteness my hallmark.
I will strive to maintain a positive attitude about life, to work hard at every task I undertake and to persevere in the face of life’s difficulties.
I pledge to be a role model to others and to make empathy and kindness my personal guiding light.
Suaviter in modo, Fortiter in re.
(SWAH-wih-tehr ihn MAW-daw FAWR-tih-tehr ihn ray)
Gentle in manner, resolute in deed.