Our Mission

A Step Ahead Foundation of East Tennessee is dedicated to empowering women to get ahead in life by providing family planning education and access to the most effective form of reversible birth control avaiable - long acting reversibel controception (LARC) thus allowing them to reach their educational, career and life goals without having to handle an unplanned pregnancy.

Our History

A Step Ahead Foundation was founded in Memphis in 2011 by Claudia Haltom, driven by her 17 years of experience as a Juvenile Court Judicial Magistrate. From the bench, Haltom often saw and ruled on cases in which the parent was a single mother who had become pregnant while she was in school, dropped out, and had one or more babies before she was emotionally, physically, or financially prepared to provide for her children.

 

Before A Step Ahead Foundation was founded these young women did not have easy access to the most effective methods of reversible birth control. Claudia Haltom resolved to devote her retirement to making sure these young women had access to birth control so they could plan their futures and achieve their full potential.

 

After seeing the success of A Step Ahead Foundation in Memphis, numerous cities across the state have sought to bring the lifechanging mission of A Step Ahead to their cities. We hope to see in Knoxville the incredible, positive outcomes seen in Memphis.