Stepping Stones International

Rating: 4.82 stars   67 reviews

Address:

693 17TH Ave Salt Lake Cty UT 84103 USA

Mission:

To unlock the potential of orphaned and vulnerable youth (ages 12-25+) by nurturing their mental, physical and social well-being and creating realizable opportunities for them to become self-sufficient.

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)

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Interning for Stepping Stones International was one of the best experience I could have asked for in my field of study. The organization makes a difference in the lives of youth in Mochudi and focus on important issue through informal education. Their knowledgeable and welcoming staff do an amazing job in teaching youth life-skills and creating opportunities that help enrich their future!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am honored to write a brief and my honest review for Stepping Stones International (SSI).
I served at SSI for 27 months as a US - Peace Corps Volunteer.

SSI is an NGO that is committed on to three principles: 1) Transparency, 2) Good Governance and 3) Accountability to Donors.
Following on the above three broad principles, has increased the legitimacy and credibility of SSI's financial procedures, its effectiveness of its programs and has earned tremendous respect in the communities of Botswana and within the local and international donor agencies.
Good governance and self-regulatory initiatives and commitment to their principles are the most important drivers for this NGO, in bringing behavior change not only within the direct beneficiaries of SSI but overall in the local communities.
Accountability to it beneficiaries involves all its stakeholders in processes. SSI works in consultation with local communities by drawing on local skills and knowledge.

This NGO is known for investing its resources in its local staff empowering and ensuring professionalism in project designing and its execution for bringing the best to meet its local needs; increases local capacity and skills base, and increases the commitment of the community to support the project.
SSI creates a conducive and supportive working environment for existing staff and international volunteers who bring their expertise to this NGO. SSI is committed to its principles to help to improve the effectiveness of achieving its mission.
Anis Ajani - From Dallas

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Their programmes actually work and there is no two ways about it.

 
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Stepping Stones International has made a significant difference in the lives of participants especially in the reading programs. The students are now reading, comprehending, learning and passing tests which allows them to continue in further education and/or in the job market. As well, the youth are experiencing new adventures which we take for granted daily, such as realizing their self value, finding hidden talents, making new friends, and realizing care and love!!!
SSI, you are the very BEST!!! Keep up the wonderful successes!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Stepping Stones International is a one of a kind NGO in Botswana giving hope and life to youth ages 12-18 and beyond. These children are being fed, taught social skills, given a chance to know their worth and value. They have been robbed of a childhood and are given the chance to pick themselves up and realize that they are loved and are very valuable souls. They are receiving tutoring and are passing their tests and moving on to the next level of education. Many have progressed to employment in a field of their liking and choice. If not for this opportunity all would be out in the streets idly wandering and wondering and most likely engaging in activities of an evil nature.

Yes! Stepping Stones International is WONDERFUL AND VALUABLE!!!!!!!!!!! It is a happy place for many!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Have soliited donations and received. Feel very confident about an EXCELLENT program. Love SSI!!!!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Stepping Stones Intl. is a one of a kind program and most amazing. The staff is diverse and international from all parts of the world. The participants are given a chance to smile, laugh, and catch up with a bit of the childhood that was stolen from them. Progress has been made in academics, communication skills, income generating, financial management, entrepreneur skills, computer training, goal setting. A critical issue os sexual abuse and gender equality is being address with the youth and in the community. SSI reaches the 100 participants AND families AND community....building a healthier environment. SSI is nothing short of THE VERY BEST!!!!!!! Thanks SSI!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The smiles and laughter emanating from the participants. At first Mmost were very shy and intovert but as time moved on they became trusting, open, laughing and loving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow find more funding which is badly needed for progress.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

It has been my privilege to spend time with the youth at Stepping Stones Intl. I am in awe at how these young people have opened up and are progressing in a world that seemed so far out of their reach. They now have the chance to make choices,set goals,and become contributing adults. They know what it is like to be their ages and have fun. With more donations and monies, this nonprofit can accomplish amazing feats. Please Help!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many miracles have taken place from the beginning. One is Lisa Jamu who is an amazing person and whose ideas, hopes, and dreams have made miracles happen!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the participants and the progress they make in interacting and opening up!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Flourish like no other!!!!! It would grow and be able to go to places that have asked them to come. SSI would be able to pay quality salaries for top of the line staff! WOW!! IMAGINE!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Stepping Stones does great work in Botswana! I had the opportunity to volunteer with them earlier this year and was amazed by the energy and dedication of the entire staff.

 
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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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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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.

 
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