Nikki grew up in poverty with no mother. She faced domestic violence and sexual assault, and found escape as a teenager through drugs and alcohol. She became self-destructive and had suicidal thoughts. Her world was not safe.
Nikki was introduced to Next Step by a social worker. The team worked with her to detox and got her involved in volunteering. Her energy and zest for life skyrocketed. She was introduced to a therapeutic equine program for individuals with disabilities. Nikki discovered a love of horses and helping people. Nikki, at age 14, is now giving back to others and working on a prestigious boarding school scholarship.