Spotlight On: Emely Orellana

“The word I’d use to describe Steppingstone is ‘commitment.’ They ask for commitment from families, and they give commitment right back,” says Steppingstone Alumna Emely Orellana.  Emely embodies that sense of commitment – both to Steppingstone and to the community from which she hails. Her academic and professional careers have taken her to Braintree, New…

Spotlight On: Jennifer Tran Ngo

Jennifer Tran Ngo commenced from The Steppingstone Academy in 2007. She went on to earn an economics degree from Barnard College and is now an Associate Planner at Ralph Lauren. Tell us about your career path. I chose to attend a liberal arts college because I wanted to have a foundation in a field that that…

Spotlight On: Darian Reid-Sturgis

A motivated 10-year-old from Mattapan, Darian Reid-Sturgis applied to The Steppingstone Academy in 1998 with one goal: to graduate from college. Over the next seven years, with academic, social, and emotional support from Steppingstone, Darian enrolled in and thrived at The Roxbury Latin School, setting him on the path to college success. While at Roxbury…

Spotlight On: Eric Andrew

“The premise is this: We lift as we climb,” says Eric Andrew, who commenced from Steppingstone in 1994. “I want to see other children receive the same benefits I got from Steppingstone. I owe just about everything I’ve accomplished to adults who were in positions, like I am now, to help. And how did I…