From November 28th - December 28th help us raise $50,000 to enhance and expand our enrichment and advising from 4th grade through college.
Help us revamp and innovate our pipeline to college by increasing the percentage of our TSA Scholars that are attending Highly and Most Selective colleges and universities according to Barron's Selectivity Guide.
Kicking off Giving Tuesday, our goal from November 28th - December 28th is to raise $50,000 to increase the number of Scholars at Highly and Most Selective Colleges and Universities from 26% to 40% over the next 5 years by enhancing and expanding our enrichment and advising from 4th grade through college.
Thanks to the generosity of The Tuttleman Foundation, all donations up to $50,000 will be matched!
Each year, we select a group of high-achieving low-income 4th grade students to join the program as TSA Scholars. Scholars then enter a year-round academic enrichment, school placement, and advising support services that follow students through college. In the summer of 2017, Steppingstone admitted 36 rising 5th graders to program. Steppingstone currently supports over 500 Scholars and their families from 5th grade through college with summer/weekend academic programs, internships, tutoring, and academic advising services. Most applicants to The Steppingstone Academy program are from North and West Philadelphia, Germantown, Olney, Kensington, and East and West Oak Lane. Scholars' average annual household income is $42,000 with a family size of four; 28% of families earn 80% or less than Philadelphia's median household income of $38,253 (American Community Survey, 2011-15). English is a second language in many Scholar homes and the highest level of education achieved for most Scholar parents is high school, making many Scholars first-generation students.
To date, we have achieved a significant level of success in the program: 90% of our TSA Scholars have graduated from high school and 86% of our scholars at BA granting colleges graduated within 6 years from college. We have scholars at a number of college-prep schools throughout the Philadelphia region and over 200 scholars in college.
While we have achieved great success, we have seen a deepening impact of the investments that high income families are making in their children, driving greater inequalities in preparation that have real and costly results for our Scholars and their trajectory in high quality schools and colleges. High income families are investing, on average, $75,000 from 5th – 12th grade not on tuition but enrichment activities (such as camp, tutoring and travel, etc.) in their children. In this reality, our Scholars need to be better prepared to succeed at their placement schools and to access colleges that are not only affordable but have strong completion rates for minority and low-income students. To this end, we are revamping and innovating our pipeline to college by increasing the percentage of our TSA Scholars that are attending Highly and Most Selective colleges and universities according to Barron's Selectivity Guide. Currently 49% of our Scholars have enrolled in Very Selective Institutions and 26% of Scholars at Highly and Most selective colleges and universities.