What We Do

Theory of Change

At A Step Beyond, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity and resources to be successful, regardless of their family’s financial situation. By providing the highest quality artistic, academic, and counseling services, we are building confident, curious learners who are mindful of their own needs while being sensitive to the diversity of their peers. As students move through A Step Beyond’s program, they are given opportunities to serve as role models for younger students and given the additional resources to prepare for graduation and college.

The Concept of Change driving A Step Beyond is based on an understanding that through the mindful practice of dance and a holistic approach to services, students build the habits of mind to achieve a better future. In this life pursuit, students become role models for their family and peers. A Step Beyond will follow students throughout college in order to encourage their future pursuits and provide the opportunity to Pay it Back to the next generation of A Step Beyond students. This Concept of Change is also our Cycle of Success.

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Our Research and Results

ASB is currently partnering with The PEAR Institute, a joint initiative of Harvard University and McLean Hospital, for a pilot study on the impact of our program on student learning and development. PEAR creates and fosters evidence-based innovations so that increasingly “young people can learn, dream, and thrive.” PEAR was founded in 1999 by Gil. G. Noam, Ph.D., Ed.D. (Habil), a nationally recognized developmental psychologist.

ASB is currently partnering with MOXIE Research to create a comprehensive assessment and evaluation tool for our long-term service of students from low-income families.

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