Steppingstone News: March 2015

Workforce Development

workforce-web-imageWith the support of donors and community members, Steppingstone has made substantial additions to our workforce development program over the past year. Recent opportunities offered to Scholars and Alumni have included:

– workshops on résumé building, personal finance, and other topics;
– career panels featuring leaders in medicine and law;
– a mentoring program that connects Alumni with professionals;
– and valuable internships.

We’re very grateful to the speakers, mentors, and supporters who have made these initiatives possible. Thank you!

College Services Winter Programming

Ropes-and-Gray-1Over winter break, Steppingstone’s College Services department was busy providing high-quality learning and networking opportunities for college Scholars. More than 60 students participated in our winter programming, which included workshops on time management and other topics, a law career panel hosted by Ropes & Gray, as well as community building events like a Scholar reunion and trip to see the Celtics.

Visual Thinking Strategies

VTS-imageOn March 12, College Success Academy Scholars visited the Museum of Fine Arts as the culmination of their sixth-grade Visual Thinking Strategies class. Board member Tricia Claudy has been instrumental in connecting Steppingstone with this innovative program, which helps Scholars strengthen their critical thinking and observation skills by discussing works of art.

Support Services Conference

ss-conference-1On March 7, more than 130 Scholars and their families attended Steppingstone’s “Ready, Set, College!” conference. Steppingstone’s Support Services team organizes these events twice a year to help Scholars in middle and high school stay on track for college.

A major focus of the conference was summer engagement. Scholars learned about the importance of participating in enriching summer experiences, which give them the opportunity to expand their horizons, learn new things, and enhance their college applications. Scholars also attended several workshops targeted to their grade level, on topics including:

– a month-by-month look at the college process;
– the art of interviewing;
– acing the SATs and ACTs;
– and why grades matter.

7th Annual National Partnership for Educational Access Conference

npea-panel1-home-teasersOn April 16 and 17, the 7th annual NPEA conference will present a unique opportunity for committed professionals and thought leaders to share best practices for supporting underrepresented students on their path to and through college. Whether addressing college affordability, education policy, research and evaluation, or program sustainability, together we will take a 360° view of the educational access and success field and map a course for the future.

We’re particularly excited to have Joshua Levy, partner at Ropes & Gray and member of Steppingstone’s Board of Ambassadors, speaking about his work supporting undocumented students on the path to college. View the full conference agenda here.