What's New at Steps?
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!
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!
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, 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 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 Foundation, The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Zero Debt Massachusetts, City 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 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!
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