Building STEPS creates exposure and unlocks potential through a continuum of progressive programming that begins in 11th grade.

Through a series of five Program Components, Building STEPS provides experiences and opportunities that create the exposure and support necessary for college and career success.

We partner with 15 Baltimore City high schools to find high-achieving students in their sophomore year. Once accepted into Building STEPS, students begin programming in the fall of their junior year.

Almost all Building STEPS students are the first in their family to earn a college degree and many are the first to graduate from high school. Nearly 80% of Building STEPS students earn a college degree.


Junior Seminars
Summer Experience
College Workshops
College Connect
Alumni Services
Network High Schools


Building STEPS STEM Seminars and Summer Experience are possible through the commitment and generosity of our corporate and institutional partnerships. Towson University, a founding partner, provides office and programing space, hosts a STEM Seminar and summer intern, and supports our students’ success with a breadth of campus-wide resources.


Interested students and families should click here to learn how you can apply to Building STEPS.

Junior Seminars

From September through May, juniors attend monthly field trips to tour STEM-related companies in Baltimore. These interactive experiences allow Building STEPS students to consider unimaginable careers and futures.

Summer Experience

Rising high school seniors are given the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest by participating in summer internship programs. In addition to discovering workplace dynamics, students also participate in workshops to develop professionalism and begin the college admissions process.

College Workshops

Not only are high school seniors guided through the college and financial aid application process, but through engaging activities and lessons, they are also prepared to successfully navigate the opportunities and challenges that arise during freshman year in college.

College Connect

Building STEPS students receive ongoing support as they transition to college. We visit students on their campus and provide a proactive safety net that connects college students to resources and supports on campus.

Alumni Services

Alumni Services delivers a breadth of events, networking opportunities and services that support and promote career development. Building STEPS college graduates, those who continue their education and those that start their careers, benefit from a network of fellow alumni.

Network High Schools

  • Academy of College and Career Exploration
  • Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Carver Vocational Technical
  • Digital Harbor
  • Edmondson Westside
  • Forest Park
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Patterson
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Mergenthaler Vocational Technical
  • New Era Academy
  • Reginald F. Lewis
  • Renaissance Academy
  • Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy