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May 25, 2022

Thank you for Stepping Up!

Thank you. Because of you, the 2022 Step Up Celebration was another banner event for Steps to Success. As of May 25, we have raised over $230,000 - and counting!


We also want to make sure you see the video shown to those in attendance last Wednesday. Linked above, this piece gets to the heart of who we are and the lasting impact we are making across generations of Brookline students.

Thank you again for being a part of another exceedingly successful campaign. We simply could not do any of this without you.

November 3, 2021

Year-End Appeal 2021 is underway!

Steps launches its Year-End Appeal by introducing you to brothers Jaden and Jonathan Mazara, the co-stars of our 2021 Impact Report. Your support stays 100% local and makes a lasting difference in countless lives like theirs in Brookline. Will you make an impact by clicking here?

June 4, 2021

Juan Cantu, Jr. tapped as next Executive Director of Steps to Success

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Our October 27 SEES Forum, presented by Wegmans, was a success! Brookline Select Board Member, Miriam Aschkenasy, and Steps alum, Michée Mande, led an inclusive conversation on anti-racism in education. If you couldn't attend, or want to re-watch your favorite parts, view this clip of Michée or the full recording here.

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June 4, 2021

Juan Cantu, Jr. tapped as next Executive Director of Steps to Success

We are both pleased and fortunate to announce that we have selected Juan Cantu, Jr. as our next Executive Director. Juan’s background and qualifications are a wonderful fit as we move forward, and he is excited to lead us into our next chapter. We look forward to officially welcoming Juan on July 19!

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The 2021 Step Up Celebration has begun! Click here to check out our latest videos and make a donation!



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February 25, 2021

SEES Forum - Our Impact is Your Impact: Alumni Share Their Journeys

Our latest Steps Educational Equity Society (SEES) Forum was a success! Steps to Success alumni Emy Takinami, Sophia Celeste Vos, and Craig Alejandro Morgan shared their Steps stories - and the impact Steps (and you) have made on their lives. In case you could not attend, or simply want to enjoy it again, you may find a short highlight showcasing one of our alumni speakers, Sophia, here, as well as the full Forum recording here!

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January 28, 2021

Executive Director Departure Announcement

Please click here for an important joint statement from our Board Chair, Rachel L. Goodman, and Executive Director, Shoma Haque.

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October 21, 2020 

"Economic Mobility: Translating Research to Impact with David Williams"

On October 21, Steps hosted its very first Steps Educational Equity Society (SEES) Forum as a way to thank our top supporters and broaden our collective understanding of issues related to educational equity, the heart of our mission. David Williams of Opportunity Insights discussed economic mobility and the effects that systemic inequality has on low-income populations and people of color. Herbie Torres, a Steps college student, detailed his educational journey and highlighted his accomplishments over the full 10 years he’s been with Steps. Said Herbie, “Having Steps be there for me and having their support is one of the reasons I am where I am today.” Our sincerest thanks to both David and Herbie for their presentations. If you’d like to learn more about SEES, our recently launched leadership giving society, click here.


September 22, 2020 

City Realty Group Donates Chromebooks to Steps to Success

Thanks to the generosity of City Realty Group, Steps was able to distribute Chromebooks to several students. This access to technology is absolutely critical right now, and CRG's donation ensures that these Steps students enter their classrooms, remotely or in person, with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Thank you so much to CRG for helping create amazing opportunities for our students! Click here for coverage of this example of strong community support.


September 1, 2020

Backpack Drive for Steps Students

Our community is really something special. With help from the Brookline Community FoundationThe Brookline Center for Community Mental HealthZero Debt MassachusettsCity On A Hill Brookline, the Brookline Housing Authority, and other individual donors, Steps held a backpack drive to connect all 300 of our students with crucial school supplies. This was such a cool way to bring our friends together to make sure our students have everything they need to thrive this school year. Our sincerest thanks to all who helped out!


August 3rd, 2020

Steps + 195essential

Steps is thrilled to announce our partnership with local clothing and apparel brand 195essential, the brainchild of Steps Board member Jason Harris and his daughter Lena Harris. They will be donating half the proceeds from their "Essential Teacher" t-shirt sales to aid our Essential Learning Package Fund, which we will use to mail care packages with key supplies necessary to support our students’ college success and ensure they have the tools they need for a successful college career. Visit to purchase a t-shirt and support our Essential Learning Package Fund!

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July 17, 2020 

Time for Stepping Back to School

It's that time of year again! As our summer programs wind down, Steps will start preparing our students for a new school year. Especially now, we need to make sure they are poised to succeed. That's where you come in. Please consider giving to this campaign here. Better yet, invite others to do the same; this is a very impactful way to support our students by engaging your network and sharing your passion for educational equity. Your support will truly set our students up for success and once again prove how incredible this family of Steps supporters is. For more information, visit our Stepping Back to School webpage. To sponsor our efforts, or to commit a dollar amount match for our fundraising and multiply your impact, contact Executive Director Juan Cantu.

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June 22, 2020

Launching the Steps Educational Equity Society!

We are thrilled to unveil the Steps Educational Equity Society (SEES), our brand new leadership giving society. Enjoy special invitation-only gatherings, custom communications, and recognition as part of this network of leading Steps supporters. For more details, click here or email Tom!

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June 15th, 2020 

Fundraising Panel Features Steps ED

Our Executive Director Shoma Haque recently participated in "Fundraising Strategies in the New Normal.” Moderated by the Women In Nonprofit (WIN) Network, this conversation featured local nonprofit leaders in a variety of fields discussing their recent experiences in fundraising and thoughts about managing during these trying times. We encourage you to view a recording of this illuminating presentation by clicking here.


June 1, 2020

Message on Recent Events

We write with especially heavy hearts around the events in our nation and the Brookline community. One of our core values at Steps to Success is to combat systemic inequality, by making educational equity the heart of our mission. Recent tragic events highlight the struggle that our students of color face on a daily basis, to be seen and heard as people, deserving of fairness, justice, and opportunity.  While we feel the anger, frustration, and despair, we will not lose sight of our goal - to provide safe, enriching, emotionally fulfilling and positive places for your children to grow, thrive, and realize their incredible potential. Steps to Success is a strong community, and we will continue to be here for our students and families during this difficult time.


June 8, 2020

Summer Programming

The pandemic has created a unique situation, requiring us to adapt our programs accordingly. We are making the best of the circumstances, and are excited to share what we are up to this summer:

➢ While our summer camp partners make decisions about the viability of in-person programming, Steps advisors are reaching out to each of our Steps families to ensure individualized attention for all of our elementary school students.

➢ Summer Connections, for our middle school students, will run virtually this summer starting July 6, and we will support families lacking reliable computers or Internet access to ensure that all students can participate. This will include preparation for high school, daily virtual classes in July, and project-based curricula with a focus on Service Learning and Media and Technology Literacy. Summer stipends will be available for students completing the program – an important part of making ends meet for many of our families.

➢ Work Connections, our internship program for high school students, will also take place online starting July 6, and Steps students will be paid to engage in weekly virtual trainings on topics such as workplace readiness and financial literacy. Students will also complete an independent or group project, and will be part of a career panel session with professionals from various fields discussing a range of career options.

➢ Our College Success Initiative will support Steps’ college students as they deal with fast-moving changes and keep their eyes on completing their education and building toward a successful career in a tough economic climate.

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