November 20, 2016


MEMPHIS, TENN, (Nov 20, 2016)— As a teenager, Brian Booker, founder of One Step Initiative (OSI) was contemplating the value of his life. Trying to make it through his early college years, he needed to know there was more in life for him. When he was presented with the opportunity to study abroad, it opened his mind to the possibility that the world had more to offer, and it was obtainable. This is the sense of hope he wants to instill in many other young minds. A graduate of Melrose High School, Booker began his efforts at his alma mater.

“When kids see my passport, they immediately begin to dream.”
–Brian T. Booker, Founder of One Step Initiative

One Step Initiative successfully complete their first group travel program in 2015 with students representing three local high schools. On behalf of donor and community support this December, 15 students from 10 local area high schools will make their way from Memphis to Ghana, West Africa on a two-week History, Culture, and Sustainability program. The effort is spearheaded by One Step Initiative and Kokrobitey Institute.

On December 4, 2016 –In partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Shelby County TN Alumnae Chapter, OSI will host its 2nd Annual International Business Mixer of Greater Memphis at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The event is an industry networking opportunity for international travelers and leaders, allows high school students to meet international professionals, and serves as fundraiser for their upcoming education abroad program in Ghana.

One Step Initiative, Youth Global Ambassadors 2016. High school students from underserved communities completed a six-session interdisciplinary program for international travel.

The event will include presentations from organization founders, business leaders, and includes a passport ceremony recognizing the next class of teen travelers, OSI’s Youth Global Ambassadors. Special Guest Speakers: Ernest Strickland, VP of International and Business Partnerships for Greater Memphis Chamber; Roquita Coleman-Williams, Supply Chain Solutions Manager, CN; Patricia Covington, Director of Supply Chain NRP Manufacturing, Cummins; and Robert Botts, COO of C2I Ghana and African Union Diaspora.

There is an entry ticket price of $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

One Step Initiative (OSI) brings global education opportunities to the nation’s most underserved high school students. OSI’s vision is to be the number one study abroad provider in inner city high school education- granting students the experience of interacting and learning in an international environment beyond socioeconomic barriers.

For more information, please contact One Step Initiative at