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Information on each partner school

About Our Partner Schools

Through the gracious and continuous support from Tacoma Public Schools, the Metropolitan Development Councel (MDC), and the YMCA, the STEPS Mentoring Program has successfully partnered with seven schools in the city of Tacoma.  Over the last 6 years our partnerships have grown in size and service.  We were once a mentoring program serving only seniors at Mt. Tahoma and Lincoln High Schools; we now mentor at elementary, middle, and high schools serving students in grades 4-12.  

STEPS mentors have the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students in the city of Tacoma.  Many of our mentors return to their alma mater to give back to their community.  If you are a UW Tacoma student, interested in becoming a STEPS mentor, and are curious about the schools we serve at, please use the links below to learn more.  For questions, please contact the STEPS Program Staff.

Elementary School Partners: 

Roosevelt  |  McCarver

Middle School Partners:

First Creek  |  Baker

High School Partners:

Mt. Tahoma  |  Lincoln  |  Stadium


Elementary School Partners


 

Roosevelt Elementary School

Located on the eastside of Tacoma near 38th Street and Fairbanks, Roosevelt is the home of a vibrant and welcoming student body.  Roosevelt Rams enjoy an amazing partnership with the YMCA of Pierce and Kistap counties which provides an after-school program, Monday through Thursday.  Roughly 80 students gather in the cafeteria for Ram's Center, Roosevelt's YMCA funded after school program.

STEPS is excited to begin its first year of partnership with Roosevelt as it hosts after-school mentoring beginning in the Fall of 2016.  Our UWT STEPS mentors will engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with 4th or 5th grade students.  They will focus on the successes of their mentee by engaging in activities that promote the development of their mentees' identities, educational goals, and personal aspirations.  Some activities may include: homework help, college vocabulary and trivia, arts & crafts, and socio-emotional skill building.

Mentoring Times at Roosevelt Elementary for 2016-2017: 
Tuesdays or Thursdays: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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McCarver Elementary School

Located in our beloved Hilltop neighborhood, less than one mile from the UW Tacoma campus, McCarver Elementary is the home to a brilliant student body.  The newly redone McCarver building is a beautiful school that could inspire the success and pride every student in Hilltop is capable of and deserves.  

The UWT STEPS and McCarver partnership has been a success thanks to former Lincoln College Bound Instructor, previous McCarver 4th grade teacher, and current Parent-Teacher Liaison, Katrina Tuggle.  Our mentors have historically mentored mutiple students in Mrs. Tuggle's 4th grade class.  This year, we are excited to see our McCarver partnership grow as multiple teachers welcome UWT STEPS mentors into their classrooms.

STEPS Mentors will mentor one-on-one and sometimes in small groups.  They will do their mentoring in their mentees' classrooms, during lunch in the cafeteria, or after school.  Their activities will range in focus from in-class academic support, socio-emotional skill building, cultural development and identity development.

Mentoring Times at McCarver Elementary for 2016-2017: 
Monday - Friday:  between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (exact mentoring times will be determined after mentors & mentees are matched)

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Middle School Partners


First Creek Middle School

Located on the eastside of Tacoma at 56th Street and Portland Avenue, First Creek Middle School is the home to over 700 students in grades 6-8.  First Creek students are bright, involved, and engaged members of their school and community.  Students who attend First Creek are able to participate in the YMCA's Eagle's Center, an after-school program that offers a wide array of programing and clubs.  

Students are able to enjoy extra-curricular activities such as step dance club, cooking club, or soccer club, to name a few.  There are also multiple community partners who provide educational access and resources to students such as write@253 and MDC's TRiO Program.  STEPS will graciously be hosted through the TRiO Program at First Creek Middle School.  UWT STEPS Mentors will engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with 7th or 8th grade students who already participate in TRiO.  Mentors will work alongside their mentee's to help promote their self-discovery of identities, educational goals and aspirations, and provide early college access opportunities.  

Mentoring Times at First Creek for 2016-2017: 
Tuesdays or Thursdays:  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Baker Middle School

Nestled in South Tacoma, Baker Middle School serves an incredibly diverse population of students.  These students are hard-working, smart, and welcoming.  They are full of energy and love to engage with community partners.  Baker students are able to participate in the YMCA's Bulldog's Center, an after-school program that welcomes a variety of community partners who host clubs and programs for Baker students.  

UWT STEPS Mentors will engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with 7th or 8th grade students who participate in Bulldog's Center.  Mentors will work alongside their mentee's to help promote their self-discovery of identities, educational goals and aspirations, and provide early college access opportunities.  

Mentoring Times at Baker for 2016-2017: 
Monday - Thursday:  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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High School Partners



Mt. Tahoma High School

Mt. Tahoma High school is located in South Tacoma and is the home to over 1,500 students in grades 9-12.  T-birds are smart and bright students with high ambitions that will soon come to fruition for them.  Students at Mt. Tahoma are eager and engaged in college bound activities and community service.  The STEPS Mentoring Program welcomes many Mt. Tahoma graduates as new mentors each year.

UWT STEPS Mentors will engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with students in grades 9-12 who participate in MDC's TRiO Program.  Mentors will work alongside their mentees to support their identity development, academic achievement, and personal successes.  Many of our high school mentors focus on assisting their senior mentees with college applications, scholarship searching, and beginning their transition from high school to college.  Mentors of students in grades 9-11 may focus more on supporting their mentee as they navigate through difficult decisions that will help them choose the right post-secondary plan for themselves.

Mentoring Times at Mt. Tahoma for 2016-2017: 
Monday - Friday:  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Lincoln High School

Lincoln High school is located 2 miles away from the UW Tacoma campus.  It is the home to over 1,400 students in grades 9-12.  Lincoln students are engaged in their school and community.  They are bright, young adults who work hard for their academic and personal success and are college bound. 

UWT STEPS Mentors will engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with students in grades 9-12 who participate in MDC's TRiO Program.  Mentors will work alongside their mentees to support their identity development, academic achievement, and personal successes.  Many of our high school mentors focus on assisting their senior mentees with college applications, scholarship searching, and beginning their transition from high school to college.  Mentors of students in grades 9-11 may focus more on supporting their mentee as they navigate through difficult decisions that will help them choose the right post-secondary plan for themselves.

Mentoring Times at Lincoln for 2016-2017: 
Monday - Thursday:  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Stadium High School

Located in the Stadium District, just 2 miles away from the UW Tacoma campus, the historic and iconic Stadium High School is the home to over 1,600 students in grades 9-12.  Stadium students are active in their school and community.  They are college-focused and work hard to achieve the high goals they set for themselves.   The STEPS Mentoring Program welcomes many Stadium graduates as new mentors each year.

UWT STEPS Mentors will engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with students in grades 9-12 who participate in MDC's College Bound class at Stadium.  Mentors will work alongside their mentees to support their identity development, academic achievement, and personal successes.  Many of our high school mentors focus on assisting their senior mentees with college applications, scholarship searching, and beginning their transition from high school to college.  Mentors of students in grades 9-11 may focus more on supporting their mentee as they navigate through difficult decisions that will help them choose the right post-secondary plan for themselves.

Mentoring Times at Stadium for 2016-2017: 
Monday - Friday:  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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