About STEP Resource Centre

The Step Youth Resource Centre provides support services, life skills, and counselling for youth in the St. Catharines and greater Niagara Region communities. We provide programs for youth that will engage them in activities on a range of topics and develop community connections.

The STEP Youth Resource Centre was born out of a love for our community and the people within it. We noticed an increasing number of youth on the streets, which was troubling to us. We believe that supporting our youth today to choose a constructive path will, in turn, create supportive citizens of our community in the future. These foundational beliefs led to the opening of the STEP Youth Resource Centre on September 29, 2019. We strongly feel that everyone deserves someone who cares about them, and we hope that we can provide that at STEP.

illustration of kids in a circle

We envisioned creating a “Circle of Care” that would connect young people with resources, with caring mentors, and with a hub for accessing and navigating various resources available in our community.


If you are a client or a potential client and there is a specific program or service that you are looking for, please contact us and let us know. We can probably put something together, because chances are that you aren’t the only person who is interested.

Below is a description of our current and future programs, but please be sure to check our social media pages and our calendar for up-to-date information about our program offerings for the month.

STEP Youth Resource Centre Programs include:

  • Individual counselling
  • Safe space / drop-in
  • Wellness community connection
  • Healthful Garden
  • Art program
  • Cooking program
  • Coffee & Chat

Your STEP Resource Centre Mentors

Carrie Vanderform, RSSW, BSW (she/her) Lead Counsellor

Carrie Vanderform, is the lead counsellor at the STEP Youth Resource Centre. She is a dedicated social worker and believes in creating a circle of care for youth by partnering with community agencies and working together to support the youth in Niagara. A graduate from Niagara College in the Social Service Work program, Carrie also received her Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University and is currently a field instructor for social work students.


Katherine Kerley, BA, BEd, OCT (she/her or they/them) Youth Worker

Katherine Kerley is the STEP Youth Resource Centre’s Youth Worker. Katherine has a diverse set of skills and experiences that inform the work that she does at the STEP Centre. Undergraduate degrees in biology, gender and womens’ studies, and education have provided Katherine with a vast repertoire of knowledge that she applies daily in her interactions with clients and in other work at STEP.


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment?

Due to COVID-related restrictions and concerns over public safety, right now an appointment is necessary to access the Centre. Just give us a call or send us an email to set up an appointment.

When restrictions lift, we will be holding regular drop-in hours. Please have a look at our calendar (LINK) to get up-to-date information about our schedule and programs.

Do you provide counselling services?

Yes we do. Call our Centre to set up an appointment with Carrie. Counselling sessions are private, one-on-one appointments.

Is there a cost for the programs?

No. All of our services are free of cost to our clients.


illustration of three kids smiling and standing together

Apart from donations, there are numerous ways to support the STEP Youth Resource Centre.