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Building STEPS

  • Building STEPS
  • PO Box 1393
  • Baltimore , MD 21022
  • 410-704-7837
  • 1995

Program Description

Building STEPS (Science Technology And Education Partnerships, Inc.) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit that helps Baltimore City kids do something no one thought they could. Go to College.

Building STEPS provides top performing high school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds the educational and professional fundamentals needed to succeed in work and life. Building STEPS' key components include:

1. Junior Seminar Series, engaging the juniors in 9 monthly, day-long, interactive visits to businesses that rely on science and technology;

2. Paid Summer Internships, offering a meaningful summer experience to further explore specific areas of interest and learn about workplace dynamics and expectations;

3. College Workshops, providing intensive college application and financial aid access assistance; and

4. Ongoing college and alumni support.

Within the framework of the program, students also benefit from college campus visits, SAT tutoring and study guides, upper-level math and science tutoring, and book club.

Acceptance into Building STEPS is achieved through a competitive application process. Students eligible to apply must meet the following threshold criteria:

Students with a minimum B- average are recruited to apply to Building STEPS in the spring of sophomore year. Successful applicants demonstrate an interest in science or technology, participate in extracurricular activities, and have a minimum 90% attendance. Applicants must attend one of Building STEPS' five partner Baltimore city public high schools:

Digital Harbor

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical


Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy

Success Stories

Ajito will attend Goucher College in Maryland this fall. He received a full scholarship, and plans to major in Biology. Ultimately, he plans to attend nursing school. Ajito, who will be the first in his family to attend college, came to the United States as a refugee from Ethiopia. He was a Building STEPS intern at the Katzen Eye Group.

Johnai will attend Stevenson University in Maryland this fall where she plans to major in Computer Information Systems focusing on Computer Forensics. Johnai will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. Johnai was a Building STEPS intern at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Rashad will receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Morgan State University in December 2013. He is the Vice President of the Student Government Association. After graduation, Rashad plans to travel abroad for a year before attending graduate school. Rashad participates in community service and works to help others achieve their goals.

Deverick graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; Social Justice. He is a School Program Manager with the Baltimore Urban Debate League, where he has been involved since high school. Deverick is engaged and will be married in September 2013.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 7%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 3%
  • African American: 85%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 269
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (5)


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • McDaniel College
  • Morgan State University
  • Stevenson University
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland-College Park

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 94%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 80%