"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, visit stepstosuccessbrookline.org/sees or contact Executive Director Shoma Haque at or 617.699.7915.
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 of our students. This access to technology is absolutely critical right now, and CRG's donation ensures that these Steps students enter their classrooms, either 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 fine example of strong community support.
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 195essential.com to purchase a t-shirt and support our Essential Learning Package Fund!
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 Shoma Haque, 617.699.7915.
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!
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
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 Steps 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.