“A step in the right direction”

Student Mentors

Our student mentors (students who attend the various participating college preparatory high schools) play an integral role in both the academic classes and Stepping Out. They assist in tutoring, leading classroom discussions, problem solving, small group work, and have the opportunity to be role models for STAIRS middle school students. Student mentors provide consistent support and guidance as well as a positive academic and social influence. Good mentors listen well, engage in constructive relationships with STAIRS students and reinforce STAIRS students' success, helping each child achieve increased confidence and educational success.

Working closely with high school mentors allows the STAIRS students to see a personalized account on what life is like at each school. The students begin to see familiar faces when they visit prospective high schools, which make them feel comfortable and confident.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact our mentor program coordinator, Caroline Subbiah. Student mentors are encouraged to attend as many weekend sessions as possible (sometimes the best students are involved in a number of extracurricular activities, so we understand that student mentors might not be able to make every session). We expect student mentors to attend at least 8 of the 13 STAIRS sessions. Most sessions include some sort of outdoor community service or athletic activity, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.

You can also download an application and email it directly to Caroline at carolinesubbiah1308@gmail.com.

Session Dates

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Location: Ursuline (1 PM - 2 PM)
Mentor Orientation (2 PM - 3 PM)
Ursuline Tour and Meet (2 PM - 3 PM)

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Location: Jesuit (1 PM - 4 PM)
Jesuit Tour and Meet (4 PM - 5 PM)



The STAIRS Program is funded through private donations and community grants... click here for more information.

Our Goals

Our goal is to have 100% of our STAIRS Students... click here for more information.


We are looking for an English tutor to lead our Language Arts class during the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact Gabrielle Merani for details.




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