Stepping Stones is a long-term place for teens to face the essential developmental task of their life stage: to create a secure and authentic social self that invites both a healthy sense of belonging and self esteem, as well as an increased capacity to engage in all life's relationships. More Frequently Asked Questions
Coming of Age As A Teen Today
Middle school can be an intensely challenging time for teens today - navigating the pressures of peer culture, an inner drive to discover self, and superficial images of distorted ideals. Our mission is to offer mentoring, guidance, and support to Bay Area youth through programs that help them forge new connections to themselves, their communities, and their environment.
Stepping Stones provides a uniquely meaningful Coming Of Age program for middle school aged girls and boys, as well as their parents. Two adult men/women collaboratively mentor a group of eight same gender, same grade boys/girls in a 2+ years program. Groups typically start in 6th or 7th grade and customarily finish at the outset of 9th grade.
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This is the phase of life in which most contemporary people get stuck – and the phase in which most need the greatest support. Adolescence holds the key to our becoming fully human. - Bill Plotkin
Exploring Relationships Among Boys and Men: A Retrospective, Qualitative Study of a Multi-year Community-based Group Mentoring Program Ph.D. Educational Psychologist Mark J. Van Ryzin of the Oregon Social Learning Center has recently published a study on the benefits of the Stepping Stones … Continued