About Our Youth Development Center
Stepping Stone is an education-based organization that works in
collaboration with the community and other non-profit organizations to support scholar students.
Our philosophy is the Four E’s:
It is our belief that community leaders are grown from our youth and new generations. Our plan is to move them forward in leadership and equality using education, economics, and employment. They will have opportunities to implement lessons they have learned through the program. We will have them practice teamwork and a curriculum designed to show the needs of their communities. Participants will also be required to volunteer with other non-profit organizations to network and develop community relations. They will not only become leaders in their communities, they will become mentors to the youth that come after them.
Stepping Stone Mentoring is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and
all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We partner with other 501(c)(3) corporations to bring the community closer.
Our services are offered without regard for anything other than people’s needs, dreams, and willingness to do everything they can for themselves. These services will be a collaborated effort between students, families, and mentors to help support inner-city youth and foster families.
Designing and developing a curriculum specific to each community’s needs with adult mentors partnering with the youth in the process to form better advocates in all age groups. Promote a spiritual, mental, and physical relationship through sports with our youth; make them into leaders of the future. It is our goal to provide them with the tools for leadership through teamwork, coaching, guidance, and mentoring. Our goal is to track young potential leaders to increase grades at their school. Also, community activism and service, and to nourish young minds. It is the responsibility of the communities to help on this journey to advance our youth educationally, spiritually, and economically.
- Goals: Preparing and supporting future education and career trajectory
- Guidance: Advice and counseling in a mentorship role
- Growth: To grow an immature idea to bring it to maturity upon commencement
- Nonviolence – helping to build safety skills and a commitment to a higher purpose and higher education and trade
- Emotional Intelligence – exhibiting excellent behavior in the community
- Self-Management - helping to create and build skills of self-control and self-discipline
- Self-Determination – helping to control and advocate community problems and relationships
- Commitment To Social Learning – helping to build cognitive skills and create a community of social justice for all
- Commitment To Open Communication – helping to overcome barriers to open communication and learn conflict management
- Social Responsibility – building social leadership skills by establishing healthy relationships in neighborhoods so that they can become community leaders
- Growth and Change – helping to endorse and support education in the future