First Step is excited to announce that we will start offering self-defense classes. These classes will be taught by Megan Philabaum, Office/Fiscal Manager. If you would like to schedule a class please contact our office to set up a time. A minimum of 5 people must attend for a class to be held. See her bio below.
My name is Megan Philabaum and in July of 2014 I was trained in self-defense by the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. I spent two days at a conference in Chicago on how to engage with critics of self-defense, dealing with adaptive attackers, knife defense on the ground and engaging with social services agencies to provide safety training's for staff. My main focus is to help women escape from danger offering basic self-defense tactics with a combination of simple techniques and skills. I would like to offer these training's to the local agencies, organizations, schools, churches and clubs. These training's take approximately 1 ½ hours to complete. There are verbal and physical skills offered at no cost but donations are welcome. If you are interested please contact me at First Step Family Violence Intervention Services at 740-622-8504 or via email
The After School Mentoring Program
Communities, Schools, Families and Students
We are still looking for Mentors!! If anyone is interested please contact Vicki or Robin at 740-622-8504 or via email at
About the Community Connectors Grant
The focus of the Community Connectors grant is to help students get excited about their future, to be encouraged to dream big and learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action. This can accomplished by the following initiatives:
Setting goals to be prepared for the 21st Century Careers
Developing Pathways to achievement
Building a sense of resiliency
Believing in a positive future
Get involved today to help build something special with our youth and their future. One caring adult can make a difference in a youth’s life.
What is the After School Mentoring Program?
The After School Mentoring Program connects adults from the community with students. Mentors provide both encouragement and empowerment in helping our students achieve their dreams and plan for their future.
Mentors: Contact Vicki or Robin at 740-622-8504
Background check / application
Receive support from our staff
Receive 16 hours of training from our staff
Commit to a nine month match with a student
Volunteer one day a week from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Have Lots Of Fun!
What can the After School Mentoring Program Achieve?
Students who are mentored set their own goals that can lead to higher achievement, better performance, self-efficacy and self regulation.
Help Students identify strong, positive character traits within themselves.
Develop pathways to achievement through critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
Helps students cope with the highs and lows of life and respond to the stress in a healthy manner.
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view…..I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship. Nobody makes it alone, and we are all mentors to people when we don’t know it” – Oprah Winfrey
Community Connectors brings organizations from across the community together to build and support programs that emphasize close relationships between young people and mentors. The Community Connectors program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in higher educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for our state.