Stepping Out, Inc.

About Us

You can visit our Class Calendar page to review class descriptions and to register for classes.

Our Approach

Many participants of SOI struggle to make a stable life for themselves and their family due to the absence of early childhood training and emotional development.  Many lack the emotional intelligence and aptitude to process through negative thoughts or perceptions which cause them to make inappropriate and unwise choices when faced with everyday problems.  Often those choices cause financial difficulty and separation from family as well as antisocial, co-dependent, and destructive behavior.

SOI makes available a portfolio of curriculum specifically chosen because it encourages a new paradigm of positive thinking and contributes to making stronger, more secure families, a dedicated workforce and engaged citizens for our community.

Chartered in 1999, and through partnerships and referrals from government agencies, the judicial system, private corporations, and other faith-based organizations, SOI has served thousands of residents who live in the East Tennessee, Lakeway Area of: Hamblen, Cocke, Jefferson, Grainger, Hawkins, and Claiborne Counties.

Our Vision & Mission

Create a Pattern of Positive Behavior & Guiding People to a Better Life

Our vision and mission are based on the facts that:

People want a better life

Their behavior, habits, and (lack of) certain skills are often keeping them from that life

Our role is to help them achieve those goals.

Our Goals

The Goals of Stepping Out are:


To assist individuals to rise above adversity and take ownership of their future.


To create a stronger more secure role model for the next generation through education.


To provide a life-skills curriculum that encourages a pattern of positive behavior.


To partner with the community to provide a marketable workforce and engaged citizenry.

Our Objectives

The Objectives of Stepping Out are:

Fulfilling Our Mission

We fulfill our mission by teaching people the skills they need to change their thinking and behavior in three categories of life:

Emotional Intelligence

Practical and Physical Thriving

Spiritual Maturity and Wholeness


Prevent dysfunctional behavior from permeating the next generation. Help participants achieve a self-sustaining lifestyle. At the end of a participant’s “Path of Success” they will be able to:

Express their needs and feelings appropriately

Demonstrate active listening & communication skills

Demonstrate active problem solving and critical thinking skills

Focus on successes and opportunities rather than failures, shortcomings, or insecurities

Be accountable for their behavior

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