Founded in 2005, the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation (HYSF) is dedicated to strengthening the city of Hartford by developing and implementing academic programs that increase college access for Hartford schoolchildren. HYSF's first initiative, The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, prepares highly motivated students for admission to and success at Connecticut's top independent high schools. By increasing educational opportunities, HYSF supports the development of a vibrant and productive community, making Hartford a better place in which to live, work, and raise a family. HYSF is based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels if they are prepared in a focused and demanding academic environment. The Steppingstone Academy Hartford emphasizes rigorous standards to achieve meaningful results, namely, an increased number of 4-year college graduates from the city of Hartford. The Support Services Department at the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation (HYSF), understands that getting into a good school is a crucial first step, but long-term success requires sustained commitment from Scholars, their families and continued support from us. Support Services is designed to help all Scholars, who have completed the preparation component at the Steppingstone Academy Hartford to excel academically in high school, participate in enriching extracurricular activities, and go on to succeed in and graduate from college.