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  • We are embedding our academic enrichment programming and Support Services in public K-8 Schools through partnerships with two major Universities: Drexel University and Temple University. Drexel is partnering with Steppingstone at the McMichael Promise Academy in Mantua, a federally designated Promise Zone; Temple is our university partner at Dunbar Promise Academy and Tanner Duckrey School in federally designated Choice Neighborhood of North Central Philadelphia. Joint positions are hired with a University partner this staff is organizing STEAM related academic enrichments, pullouts for students to sustain proficient and advanced work, high school selection, afterschool programming, and counseling and workshops on navigating options for high school. Steppingstone will ultimately follow a designated number of students through to college completion. The 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 schoolwide college-going and success culture.

  • ORGANIZATION/PROGRAM

    Organization Name: Steppingstone Scholars
    Organization Street Address: n/a
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19122
    Organization Phone Number: 215-204-6940
    Short Description of Organization:

    We are embedding our academic enrichment programming and Support Services in public K-8 Schools through partnerships with two major Universities: Drexel University and Temple University. Drexel is partnering with Steppingstone at the McMichael Promise Academy in Mantua, a federally designated Promise Zone; Temple is our university partner at Dunbar Promise Academy and Tanner Duckrey School in federally designated Choice Neighborhood of North Central Philadelphia. Joint positions are hired with a University partner this staff is organizing STEAM related academic enrichments, pullouts for students to sustain proficient and advanced work, high school selection, afterschool programming, and counseling and workshops on navigating options for high school. Steppingstone will ultimately follow a designated number of students through to college completion. The 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.

    Program Street Address: n/a
    Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania
    19122
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Outreach - mobile (you travel to groups of students)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: Accepting Mentors

    CONTENT

    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Computer Science
    • Earth and or Space Science
    • Engineering
    • Environment Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Robotics
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Academic Enrichment and Homework Help
    • Arts and Media
    • Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
    • Drop-Out Prevention and College Preparation
    • Literacy
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Sports and Recreation
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes

    LOCATION AND SHARING

    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Center City
    • Lower North Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • During school
    • After school

    PARTICIPANTS

    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: More than 10 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Kindergarten - 2nd grade
    • 3rd - 6th grade
    • 7th - 8th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 76-100%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: No

    FEE/FEE STRUCTURE

    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    If participants need to pay for your STEM program, are scholarships available?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: Other

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

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