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Narrow Philadelphia's Educational and Digital Divides

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Stepping Up Campaign

The COVID-19 crisis has illuminated two critical truths in Philadelphia.

  1. The inequalities that define our society - access to healthcare, food security, education and financial stability – are deeply exacerbated when a public crisis occurs.
  2. In a city where these disparities are so prevalent – and only deepening due to COVID-19 – Steppingstone’s work in building pathways to educational and socioeconomic mobility is more necessary than ever before.

We know from countless studies that a dramatic loss of learning time has a profound impact on students’ access to college and employment. The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) closed its schools due to COVID-19 on Monday, March 16. Remote learning, however, is slated to start only in May. That is nearly two full months without any learning opportunities for thousands of K-12 students in the City. Your contribution will help Steppingstone to continue our enrichment programs to students as well as:

Narrow the Digital Divide: $250,000

Currently, less than 30% of our Scholars have computers and most share a single computer with their entire family. Further, only 30% of our Scholar families have Internet access at home, beyond their cell phones. We need to provide digital education packages, which would include a laptop, Internet access, technical support and supplemental education materials for 200 families.

“Enrichmentships” – Skill Building Stipends to Students: $150,000

Last year, Steppingstone provided $200,000 in stipends for students to participate in our enrichment programs through our partnership with Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). This incentivization for participation in our programming is highly effective for retention. In this time of economic crisis, stipends for Scholars will be even more critical to maintaining student engagement.

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Every dollar raised will be matched 1:1 by generous donors who have committed an unrestricted matching grant up to $400,000 for additional priorities that arise in the coming months.