New Leadership, Same Mission



Our Mission

A Step Ahead Foundation empowers women to reach their life goals by eliminating barriers to voluntary, long-acting, reversible birth control through educational programming, services, and funding.

Our Vision

A Step Ahead Foundation strives to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for women by providing access to the most effective reversible methods of birth control. Planning when to start a family has shown to improve educational and career opportunities, reduce economic strain, and can lead to lower infant mortality and positive future pregnancy outcomes.


Driven by her 17 years of experience as a Juvenile Court Judicial Magistrate, Claudia Haltom founded A Step Ahead Foundation in 2011. Having seen the hardship of families before her in the courtroom, she was determined to try to make a difference in Memphis upon retirement. 

Before A Step Ahead Foundation was founded, many 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 all women had access to birth control so they could plan their futures and achieve their full potential.


"You are a strong woman with a strong mind. You have the power to take control of your life and your choices. Think about what you want and what you need, to be healthy and happy."

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