Building STEPS welcomes questions and requests pertaining to press releases and potential feature stories. Please reach out to Annie Mondell, PR and Outreach for Building STEPS:

‘It’s A Blessing. It Tells Me To Keep Going’ College Bound Baltimore City High Graduates Awarded New Laptops

Baltimore-based non-profit Building Steps handed out nearly 55 laptops to the students along with an online tutoring subscription and money for school supplies.

Watch Now

Building STEPS Names David E. Lockhart Chairman of the Board of Directors

Building STEPS is pleased to announce that David E. Lockhart, DM, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his role, he will oversee the board’s strategic planning and organizational effectiveness and outcomes.


BCMC Peacemaker Conversation

Building STEPS CEO Debra Hettleman joins Baltimore Community Mediation Center’s Atul Garg for a conversation in their Peacekeepers Series.

Watch Now

STEM Everyday podcast with Chris Woods

STEM isn’t just for elementary kids. In Baltimore, Building STEPS is building opportunities for kids to pursue STEM college and career opportunities. Their program launched in 1999 with the sole purpose of creating a college pathway for underrepresented students to become STEM professionals.


WMAR Television Appearance on Midday Maryland

Baltimore needs more college graduates; Building STEPS is the mechanism to improve college and career outcomes for the city’s high potential students. From expanded career opportunities to increased earning potential to improved long term quality of life, a college degree changes the lives of these mostly low-income, first generation college goers.


Nonprofit Helps Baltimore High School Students Learn Networking, Communication Skills

“All of these students really are coming from challenging schools, challenging neighborhoods and they don’t have this experience to really talk to professionals,” Sheyna Mikeal, of Building STEPS, said.


Building STEPS Names Asia Cole Program Associate

Building STEPS is pleased to announce that Asia Cole has been named Program Associate. In her role, Ms. Cole will be involved in all aspects of planning, executing and facilitating student programming including junior seminars, college workshops, internships and will work directly with students and program partners.

Read More

Building STEPS Helps STEM Students Go to College

Debra E. Hettleman’s goal is to be so successful that she’ll work herself out of a job. She’s CEO of Building STEPS, a program that’s been in Baltimore for 20 years and identifies about 100 high school juniors annually from 15 Baltimore City public schools who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics […]

Read More

College Access Program Celebrates 20 Years Helping Baltimore Students Attain Higher Education

Building STEPS, college access and career development program for Baltimore City students, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Available to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA, the program is built on the principle that a college education changes an individual’s life.

Read More

Building STEPS Selected for Maryland Aviation Administration’s New Community Partners Program

Building STEPS has been selected as a winner in the Maryland Aviation Administration’s Community Partners Program. The program promotes charitable nonprofit organizations throughout the State of Maryland and Washington, DC. Building STEPS was selected out of a pool of over 70 nonprofit organizations.

Read More