We believe a college education changes a person’s life.

“Building STEPS came into my life at a time when I had no real direction lined up for life after school. It made me think about college and what I wanted to do with my life all while teaching me critical skills in the process. Without Building STEPS, I don’t know if I would’ve even applied to the University of Maryland. For that, I am forever grateful.”


-Tim B., Digital Harbor ‘09, UMD BS in Kinesiology ’14

Building STEPS students are bright, and nearly all are first-generation college students, attending challenging Baltimore City high schools.

Nearly 22 percent of Baltimore City residents live in poverty, and only 9 percent of Baltimore City high school graduates earn a college degree.

Despite these circumstances, Building STEPS students are motivated, persistent, and successful. We unlock potential and propel progress; with our support, 80 percent of Building STEPS students earn a college degree.

Network High Schools

  • 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