Stepping Stones International
Rating: 4.8 stars 60 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 693 17TH Ave Salt Lake Cty UT 84103 USA
Results: 7000+ youth served since 2005
Target demographics: unlock the potential of orphaned and vulnerable youth (ages 12-25+) by nurturing their mental, physical and social well-being to create opportunities for them to become self-sufficient.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000+ youth
Geographic areas served: Mochudi, Botswana
Programs: Leadership Skills, Life Skills, Community Mobilization, Men Care, Social Advocacy (HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, gender based violence)
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Stepping Stones International provides much needed services to at-risk young people. This organization should be a model for other communities who want to provide a crucial bridge of skills, support and knowledge for teens as they move towards adulthood.
Partnering with organizations like the University of Utah Reading Clinic in Salt Lake City to provide research based reading instruction is just one way that SSI is providing their students with valuable skills that will affect them the rest of their lives.
Hats off to SSI!
Stepping Stones is an incredible nonprofit that is seeking to change the lives of vulnerable youth in Botswana. The people are passionate and committed and the difference SSI makes in children's lives is invaluable.
Stepping Stones International is an excellent organization genuinely dedicated in supporting orphaned and vulnerable youth with their educational, emotional, social and physical health and well-being. While volunteering with the education program in 2011, I learned a lot from the youth, staff and volunteers and in turn they were open to new ideas and strategies. This organization collaborates well with community members of varying scales to seek out and provide the best programing and opportunities for its youth. It is a great organization with which to volunteer and I still hope to return some day!
Fantastic organization, incredible cause and a phenomenal team! One of the best non-profits I've worked with and wish them continued success in the future.
This is the most incredible, effective, and productive organization with which I have ever worked. Their approach to youth development is comprehensive, addressing academics, emotions, family life, and physical health. I was so inspired by the staff and their dedication to Botswana's adolescents.
Stepping Stones is an agency that successfully balances offering supportive services for youth and advocating for change and community development on a large scale - not an easy task! As a volunteer I was blown away by how Stepping Stones was dedicated to community-driven projects and the effectiveness in achieving those projects. Thank you SSI for being an amazing 'stepping stone' for participants, volunteers and community members alike to grow and develop the skills to do amazing work and make change!
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It's just great to lend a hand to an organization that actually gets things done. The leadership and life skills they impart on orphaned and vulnerable kids really does make a tangible difference.
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Stepping Stone International's great work is changing lives all over the country. They complete projects and the results can be seen in our communities. There is no better NGO around that you can trust to actually get things done.
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It is inspiring to see the impact Stepping Stones International is having on the youth of Botswana. Their hard work and dedication is manifested in the lives of the youth to whom they are dedicated. During the time I spent volunteering at Stepping Stones, I was trained to conduct literacy sessions with one of the participants. As we progressed through the literacy clinic, it was not only his literacy skills that improved, his self confidence, behavior and schoolwork all improved as a whole. Stepping Stones knows how to focus on their participants to create lasting changes in their lives.
Stepping Stones International is a real on the ground, hands on solution to the problem of poor literacy, life skills and coping mechanisms of youth in Mochudi. The participants are given one on one literacy training as well as a comprehensive program centered around giving them the skills necessary to be strong individuals and community members. The programs offered include, Psycho-social support, Financial literacy, social responsibility, leadership training, life skills and literacy. The youth are also given games to play, during leisure time and attend sports on Saturdays.
The staff is accommodating and constantly evolving through sensitivity training and facilitation training. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.
SSI empowers children to become successful, competent, and courageous young adults. The SSI staff provides the children opportunities for personal growth, conversations and reflections on daily and life issues, and outside resources to help increase self-esteem. I wish SSI could be implemented in so many other countries for children in need.
SSi provides teenage children a safe and nurturing place where they feel a sense of belonging.
The children are provided with experiences they may not get elsewhere. Positive guidance and direction is modeled for the children by the excellent educators at SSI. Botswana is lucky to have this organization and hopefully SSI continues to expand in other countries.