Stepping Stones was launched in August of 2005 for students in 6th through 8th grades. Research proves that kids drop out of school only after years of frustration and failure in early education. We launched Stepping Stones as a way to reach students before this frustration leads to poor choices.
Stepping Stones offers both a site-based and a community based component. Sixth graders participate in a site-based, after school group mentoring program that includes a curriculum focused on core competencies including building relationships with peers and adults, time management, study skills, and self-awareness. Students in 7th and 8th grades receive one-on-one community based mentors, and attend monthly workshops and events through DUS that continue to build academic, social, emotional, and life skills. Additionally, all Stepping Stones scholars receive academic support and case management. The combination of support from the family, mentor, program coordinator, and school staff helps keep our scholars focused and on track for success.
All of our scholars must attend a partner school.
To learn more about Stepping Stones and the application requirements, Contact Us.