Organizational Overview: Since 1990, The Steppingstone Foundation has been developing and implementing programs which prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college success. The goal of The Steppingstone Academy in Boston is to prepare Scholars to get into, and succeed at, top independent and public exam schools. Success at these schools opens doors previously unimagined to the Scholars. And by succeeding, both in and out of the classroom, the Scholars change their own lives, positively impact the schools which they attend, and open doors for Scholars who follow.
Based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels academically if given the proper preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results: 90% of Steppingstone graduates have been admitted to an independent or exam school, 99% of those tracked have graduated from high school, and 92% have gone on to four-year colleges.
Building on its strong success providing high-quality services to students and families, Steppingstone launched the National Partnership for Educational Access in 2007 to provide a learning community of organizations committed to increasing educational opportunities for motivated underserved students across the country. Steppingstone also has affiliate sites in Hartford, CT and Philadelphia, PA that run The Steppingstone Academy program model.
In July 2011, TSF launched a pilot initiative, the College Success Academy (CSA), to increase the number of Boston students enrolling at and graduating from college. CSA will prepare students within the Boston Public Schools for college success through hard work and academic programming during the summers and after school throughout middle school, followed by high school advising and college support. The program, which begins the summer after fourth grade and continues into college, will build upon Steppingstone’s culture of academic achievement and high expectations.
The Preparation Intern will support the Preparation team in running the logistical aspects of the academic year site, including maintaining site supplies and staffing the site headquarters. The intern also will have the opportunity to interact with Scholars, learn from experienced teachers, and observe classes. The position will be 10-12 hours/week, including Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, to begin in September and continue through May. Stipend available.
• Work with Preparation team to plan and run site for academic, out of school time program serving over 150 middle school students
• Perform office tasks in support of the teachers
• Assist with transporting site materials from the office to Boston Latin Academy in Dorchester
Strong candidates for this position will demonstrate the following characteristics:
• Demonstrated interest in educational equity and middle school students
• Effective organization and project management skills combined with flexibility, attention to detail, and multi-tasking
• Having a car, a plus
To Apply: Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin in mid-July.
The Steppingstone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.