Nor’easters Can’t Stop Steppingstone Scholars!

Despite the wind, snow, and frigid temperatures in March, Steppingstone Scholars were thinking about their plans for the summer! On the cold morning of March 3rd (after a nor’easter), nearly 200 Steppingstone Scholars (in grades 6-11), parents/guardians, and siblings attended Steppingstone’s first-ever Step Into Summer Fair! The Step Into Summer Fair is a new initiative…

Chapter 5: Seven days to go. Will you be there?

We’re 7 days away from the big day, and my mind has finally caught up to what my legs have known for the past couple of weeks – we are SO close to finishing. While lately I have found myself and my body complaining a little more than usual, all I can attest to my…

Scholar Voice: Seeing risks as opportunities

Have you ever dwelled on all that can go wrong or felt afraid to take risks? Have your hands gotten shaky, your face red, and your body trembling with fear? If that has happened, know that it’s perfectly normal. A famous proverb is: you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.  Likewise, you…

Chapter 4: Celebrating 16 miles

This series follows Alumna Diana Chaves ’05 as she trains to run the Boston Marathon for Steppingstone. Check this space each week for a new look into her journey! This week, from Diana: Really trying to embrace my sweaty glow after a long run. I completed my first ever 16 mile long run this past…

Chapter 3: Halfway there!

Marathon countdown: 61 days! Can you tell I’m happy to finally be able to do my morning runs outside without freezing? Almost at the halfway point in my training plan AND our fundraising goal! Truly falling in love with this journey and so incredibly grateful to have all of your support along the way. Happy Valentine’s…

Christmas in the City

One of our favorite holiday traditions is volunteering at Christmas in the City (CITC), an all-day event for families who live in homeless shelters throughout Boston. CITC brings holiday cheer to these families every year in hopes of providing them with a magical holiday season. Throughout the event, Mr. and Mrs. Claus greeted families while they toured the…

MLK Day: Scholars support ESOL students throughout Boston

For 2018’s MLK Day of Service, Steppingstone Scholars and families joined a group of 600+ volunteers to make an impact in Boston. Throughout the day, they worked together to make ESOL* education tools for local students. Including ESOL journals, lap desks, flags of the world, flash cards for vocabulary and the citizenship exam, and even conversational “Jenga”…

Scholar Voice: It’s time for some resolutions

People sometimes look back on a year after it’s over and may not have had what they would consider a “perfect year” (which, by the way, is okay). I mean we’re human, we mess up, other people mess up and sometimes that can get us feeling down. That’s what the “imperfect” part of the year…

Scholar Voice: Let’s talk about role models

Role models are people that accomplish great things and have admirable qualities. Their sought-after traits differ from perspective, but generally they embody who someone aspires to be. They don’t necessarily have to be well-known people, just those who stand out in someone else’s eyes. One should always forge their own path in life, but it…

Chapter 2: Why I’m running the Boston Marathon.

“So what are you running for again? What does Steppingstone do?” In the past few weeks, I have really been put to the test, and it has not been for my running performance, but rather my elevator speech. I’ll confess, my wordiness has made it difficult to fit all of this in a one minute pitch:…

Chapter 1: Marathon training at 8,661 feet

This new series will follow Alumna Diana Chaves ’05 as she trains to run the Boston Marathon for Steppingstone. Check this space each week for a new look into her journey! When a tree falls on you, you keep running … just kidding it barely touched me, I’m too short. All jokes aside, this picture…

Standing with America’s immigrant community

Diversity is one of America’s greatest strengths. At Steppingstone, we see the incredible value individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities bring to our community and to greater Boston. Together, Steppingstone Scholars, families, Alumni, and staff represent more than 20 countries and speak more than 15 languages. Each person is a valued member, lifting one…