Step Ahead Idaho at Hillcrest

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Community partner, Step Ahead Idaho will soon open the doors to their new location at the Library! at Hillcrest. The new center will be a dedicated location for students and families to learn about and prepare for educational opportunities beyond high school. 

“Deciding what’s next after high school is one of the most important decisions a student makes,” says Sue Lovelace, one of Step Ahead Idaho’s founders. “Whether it’s trade school, community college or university, wading through the maze of applications and testing can be overwhelming. Our goal is to help Idaho students and parents get through the process in a way that ensures the best outcome for each individual.”

Step Ahead Idaho’s new home will include 2,200 square feet of remodeled space, with an open, cafe-style seating area, a small meeting room, a larger classroom/presentation space and a basic kitchen. Students and staff will also have access to the Library’s public PCs and other resources. 

The Center will offer one-on-one advising, information sessions and workshops for students and parents.  Services will include in-depth assistance with applications for college, financial aid and scholarships, as well as help with portfolio preparation, athletic recruitment and so on. Step Ahead Idaho advisors will help to extend the career and college information already provided by area school counselors.


This project was funded through the generosity of local donors. Major donors include: Bev and George Harad, Susie and AJ Balukoff, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, U.S. Bank, Pam and Jack Lemley, and the Perkins Foundation.  Additional donors include: the Michael Family Foundation, Ann Murdoch, Black Walnut LLC, Kevin Learned and Amy Stahl, and Mikel and John Ward.

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Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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