NextSTEP of Central Louisiana
Carolyne Hoyt founded NextSTEP of Central Louisiana in 2006 to provide domestic violence programs to the communities of that region. In 2009, recognizing the need to break the intergenerational cycle of violence by reaching out to young people while they are still making choices and forming adult behaviors, Ms. Hoyt launched A Fight We Can Win to teach area teens about healthy relationships. Applying what they have learned from pre-instruction surveys and post-instruction evaluations, Ms. Hoyt and her team have designed a unique and extremely effective program for students, parents, educators, law enforcement agencies and healthcare professionals.
Prior to launching NextSTEP, the highlights of Ms. Hoyt’s career include her service as executive director of a regional non-profit agency managing six programs dedicated to strengthening individuals and families, the development and facilitation of family life education programs as well as training programs for hospitals and community service organizations.
Ms. Hoyt earned her Master’s Degree in Family Life and Environment from Louisiana State University. Her thesis research was published in the Journal of Home Economics.