About Us:

Alumni

Once Scholars graduate from college, they become Alumni and join a network of more than 1,000 young professionals. They may travel far from the places where they began as 10-year-olds, but they never leave the Steppingstone community. The relationships forged—with teachers, Advisors, and other Scholars—last a lifetime. And many Alumni find ways to give back and stay connected, to each other as well as to the organization that set them on the path to college success. They serve as mentors, volunteers, donors, ambassadors, and board members. They lead by example, inspiring and sustaining the next generation.

Bassil Bacare ’08

A graduate of The Park School, Roxbury Latin, and Trinity College with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in philosophy, Bassil Bacare ’08 created a nonprofit called The Healing Project. As the founder, Bassil laid the groundwork by personally recruiting philanthropists, medical students, and physicians to build this organization, which now actively has over 20 members across the East Coast. He was named a 2022 Fellow of the New Leaders Council (NLC). He says, “Being part of NLC is a crucial feat towards making meaningful and sizable changes in our communities. I look forward to collaborating with the other fellows to become the leaders we aspire to be.”

225

colleges and universities across the country have Scholar graduates.

18

alumni now serve as members of Steppingstone’s boards and staff, with four Alumni on the Board of Directors.
This Month's Spotlights

Michelle Barahona Escoto ’12, Naoise Kelleher ’11

Alumni
So often, Scholars learn from Alumni while exploring careers and seeking mentors. But this summer, Scholars truly had a chance to call two Alumni their teachers during our summer program at Milton Academy. Meet Michelle Barahona Escoto ’12, summer math teacher, and Naoise Kelleher ’11, summer writing teacher.
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“One person going the extra mile can change your life. My fifth-grade teacher recommended me to Steppingstone. And that was literally the stepping-stone to everything else, including law school.”
— Angie Isaza-Loaiza ’06

Connect with Steppingstone

Join the community of Steppingstone Alumni! Share memories with us on Instagram. Expand your network and explore opportunities on our LinkedIn group for Alumni and College Scholars. Or, take your involvement to the next level:
  • Ask about joining the Alumni Council or one of Steppingstone’s boards
  • Volunteer and mentor current Scholars
  • Explore our current career opportunities
  • Make a gift to support the next generation of Scholars
For more information on how to get involved as an Alum, contact Makeda Daniel at 857-201-0523 or mdaniel@steppingstone.org.
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