Here's how Steppingstone Scholars motivates students facing academic hardships - Generocity Philly


Aug. 3, 2017 3:25 pm

Here’s how Steppingstone Scholars motivates students facing academic hardships

Generocity intern and Steppingstone Scholar Ivanie Cedeño interviews her advisor, Stephanie Tisdale, on "Around the Corner."

Ivanie Cedeño with Stephanie Tisdale of Steppingstone Scholars.

(Photo by Julie Zeglen)

Around the Corner” is a PhillyCAM show that offers local social impact leaders the opportunity to share what impact their work is having on the Philadelphia area. 

Steppingstone Scholars’ senior associate of college services, Stephanie Tisdale, remembers a recent crisis when she had to coach a student not academically motivated at their placed school.

“We actually sat down with the student and the parent to sort of think through what the possibilities are,” she said during her “Around the Corner” interview.

Steppingstone is a nonprofit that helps underserved students achieve academic excellence from elementary school to college through enrichment learning and helping them gain placement in more challenging schools.

“We were able to inspire that young person and say, ‘Hey, I know it’s challenging and maybe there’s certain things you don’t like or certain things you wish were different … but stay the course, stick with it,'” Tisdale said. “And I think they were able to leave out of that experience inspired to tackle the next stage.”

This is what Steppingstone does: allows its students to sit back and think of all of the challenges they may be facing with their academic lives, but also encouraging them to be resilient and determined to finish strong.

Learn more about Steppingstone Scholars below.


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PhillyCAM is Comcast channel 66/966 HD/967 and Verizon FIOS channel 29/30 in Philadelphia.

Ivanie Cedeño

Ivanie Cedeño is a Steppingstone Scholars intern at Generocity and a rising senior. She enjoys writing poetry, listening to Spanish music and playing with her dogs during her free time.

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