Educational Institutions

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.steppingstonescholars.org

Mission Statement

Steppingstone Scholars, working with families and school partners, provides rigorous educational programming and support for talented underserved students in the Philadelphia Region to achieve academic success, opportunity, and a college degree.

Main Programs

  1. The Steppingstone Academy
  2. Middle Grades Academy
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Steppingstone Scholars serves and represents over 1,500 primarily low-income and minority students in the Greater Philadelphia region, from 5th grade through college completion.

ruling year

2010

President since 2012

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Dr. Sean Vereen

Vice President of Programs

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Chris Avery

Keywords

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Steppingstone, education, Philadelphia, economically disadvantaged, underserved youth, youth, children and youth, STEM, STEAM

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Also Known As

Steppingstone Scholars

EIN

42-1612131

 Number

0226162384

Physical Address

1301 Cecil B. Moore Ritter Hall/Annex (004-016)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Steppingstone Academy and Middle Grades Academy programs fulfill Steppingstone Scholars' goals by providing Scholars with rigorous academic programming, and providing Scholars, their families, and their schools with educational supports. Through the organization's focus on STEAM (STEM + The Arts) programming, Steppingstone Scholars fosters a school-wide culture of scholarship and success, preparing students to attend and complete college and ultimately join the twenty-first century workforce.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Steppingstone Academy

The Steppingstone Academy (TSA) now supports over 400 students and their families, from 5th grade through college, providing a curriculum that includes summer/weekend academic programs, internships, tutoring enrichment, and academic advising services, where we mediate between families and schools in an effort to narrow not only the gap in achievement but how minority and low-income students are served by their schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Middle Grades Academy

MGA is a foundational component of a set of interconnected interventions around student academic performance, school climate, and school staff professional development. A significant part of the education crisis in Philadelphia is the lack of a true investment in the school based college pipeline. In response to this crisis, Steppingstone Scholars' Middle Grades Academy uses our 16 years of experience in delivering high quality college preparatory enrichment and mentoring programs to invest in neighborhood schools during the critical years between early education and high school. In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, partner schools, community, and University partners. Steppingstone is implementing programming in three key areas that will contribute to a school-wide college-going and success culture.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. seeks to narrow academic achievement gaps and build the college pipeline for low-income and minority youth.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    By investing in youth, providing them with rigorous educational programming and fostering a college-going culture, Steppingstone Scholars narrows achievement gaps and builds the college pipeline for low-income and minority youth, who are currently underserved in the public school system and underrepresented in higher education.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. has over 16 years of experience implementing rigorous after school academic enrichment programming and coordinating educational supports for students, their families, educators, and schools.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. measures success in three ways:

    1. Math Progression Tracking: Across all programs, Steppingstone Scholars is using Khan Academy to track the mathematics trajectory of Scholars on an ongoing basis through the year. The strong online platform allows supplemental instruction for students in enrichment programs that offer skill-based interventions and analysis of students' strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

    2. College Success Rubric: Steppingstone Scholars' 21st Century College Success rubric assesses and tracks students' socio-emotional and academic success throughout the program. It captures the vital qualities of a successful college-going Scholar in the 21st Century. The rubric delineates the skills that educators should look to reinforce in order to prepare Scholars for college, careers, and active citizenship.

    3. Academic Achievements and Feedback: Steppingstone Scholars will measure impact by tracking information on a ongoing basis through student feedback forms, teacher feedback forms, high school and college placement locations, graduation rates, and academic data and assessments. These evaluations will help us understand the impact our programs and curriculum are having, and where and how we need to improve implementation for better impact.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. has grown significantly since 1999. Today, the organization serves 1400 students. Steppingstone has seen tremendous success from its programs: 100% of Scholars from the Class of 2013 and 2014 graduated from high school, compared to the 64% graduation rate for the School District of Philadelphia; 75% of these Scholars are attending colleges and universities rated Very, Highly, and Most Competitive according to Barron's College Selectivity Index.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Steppingstone Scholars serves and represents over 1,500 primarily low-income and minority students in the Greater Philadelphia region, from 5th grade through college completion.

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STEPPINGSTONE SCHOLARS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Dr. Sean Vereen

Vice President of Programs

Chris Avery

BIO

Dr. Vereen is the President of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. Under his leadership, Steppingstone has launched a number of innovative programs that have increased the organization's impact and scope. He has built strategic partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia, as well as a number of the region's leading universities including Temple, Drexel, and the University of Pennsylvania.Dr. Vereen received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the Penn's Graduate School of Education.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Julia Conover

Hawke, McKeon & Sniscak LLP

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