Event Highlight: Supporting Social-Emotional Health for Underrepresented Students

On Tuesday, November 1, the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA, an initiative of The Steppingstone Foundation) co-hosted a Boston Regional Event with local NPEA member, The Roxbury Latin School (RL). The gathering sought to address supporting social-emotional health for underrepresented students. Individuals from local schools and community-based organizations joined NPEA and Roxbury Latin to…

Celebrating Our Hero Squad

What is a hero? At Steppingstone, we believe Scholars are the heroes who work to achieve their dreams of college success. They do so with help from their “squad”: the teachers, Advisors, counselors, and family members who support them and the donors who generously fund their journeys. On November 9, we celebrated Scholars and their supporters at…

Steppingstone Alumnus Kicks off Roxbury Latin Annual Fund

Kyle Layne-Allen’s (The Steppingstone Academy ’03) journey has taken him from Steppingstone to Roxbury Latin to Colby College and back to Roxbury Latin. He shared his story with 330 guests at Roxbury Latin’s Annual Fund Kickoff, where he was the featured Alumni speaker. Above: Kyle Layne-Allen with Roxbury Latin student speaker Francis Rose and Headmaster Kerry…

What Does High Quality Summer Learning Look Like?

In Boston, more than 150 after-school and summer programs use shared measures to reveal strengths and weaknesses. Data show that The Steppingstone Foundation’s College Success Academy excels in stimulating thinking and promoting youth collaboration. Visit the Summer Insight Center to access more best practices and resources about running a high quality program.

Next Stop, Hollywood! Scholar Movie: Allen’s First Week At Steppingstone

Scholars spend their summers hard at work in the classroom brushing up on academic subjects and getting ahead for the coming school year. It’s not all work, though, as they get the chance to participate in electives like Soccer, No-Bake Cooking, and Lego Challenge. This summer, Steppingstone Academy Scholars Allen and Julien had a blast making…

A New Look for Steppingstone

After 25 years, Steppingstone’s look is getting an update! We’re excited to announce that as we enter Steppingstone’s 26th year, we’re debuting a new look – including an updated logo and color scheme. “Steppingstone is entering a new era now that it’s past the quarter century mark,” says Mariel Novas, Steppingstone Board Member and Alumna from…

#SXSL: Steppingstone Visits the White House

This summer, College Success Academy Scholars had the chance to work with the PolyBot, a hydroponic plant-growing robot designed to give students the opportunity for hands-on science learning (get a glimpse here!). On October 3, Steppingstone Senior Director of Teaching & Learning Jane Ventrone was invited to accompany the Poly team to the White House for South…

Scholar Profile: Danes Mathew

Danes Mathew ’11 is a senior at Boston Latin School. An aspiring doctor, she volunteers at local hospitals as a member of the BLS Care for Kids Club and is a member of Talented and Gifted Latinos, for which she wrote and directed a play last year. She also tutors younger students in Spanish, chemistry, and…

Superintendent Chang Visits Steppingstone

Last month, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang visited Steppingstone’s summer program at Milton Academy to learn more about Steppingstone’s continued increase in programming within Boston Public Schools. Last year, Steppingstone’s College Success Academy began working with students from East Boston’s Donald McKay K-8 School, a partnership we are excited to continue this fall. Dr….

Scholar Voices: Commencement 2016

Commencement is always an exciting day for Scholars, families, and staff as they celebrate Scholars’ hard work and achievements. At The Steppingstone Academy’s August 13 commencement ceremony, three commencing Scholars shared their thoughts on what Steppingstone has meant to them. Rosaylin, Summer Two Scholar and rising seventh-grader at Boston Latin School Welcome, families and Scholars, to…

Photo Gallery: Scenes from Commencement

On Saturday, August 13, MIT’s Kresge Auditorium overflowed with excitement, joy, and pride as Scholars, families, staff, and friends gathered for The Steppingstone Academy’s commencement ceremony. 103 members of the Class of 2016, all of whom are rising sixth- and seventh-graders, were honored with diplomas at the ceremony, which celebrated their hard work and the support they received from…

Ready for College!

Between the Common App, FAFSA, and campus visits, applying to college can seem like a daunting process. Where’s a Scholar to begin? This summer, Steppingstone’s College Services department has hosted a series of events designed to give Scholars the tools they need to apply to their dream schools. Here’s a glimpse at some of the events designed to…