News Published: Jul 6, 2011 - 1:58 PM

Stepping Stones receives grants from Perrin Family Foundation

By Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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At Stepping Stones Museum for Children, kids and education are at the forefront of everything they do. From the numerous educational studies observed when creating exhibits and programming, to the examination of children’s play, it all stems from the desire to provide children and their caregivers with the most modern educational and leadership opportunities available.

The Perrin Family Foundation recognizes the museum’s commitment to youth and recently awarded Stepping Stones two grants totaling more than $10,000.

The first was a $10,000 grant to go towards the YESS Program (Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones) to continue to offer the expanded opportunities for youth volunteers at the museum. The mission of YESS is to provide meaningful opportunities to students in grades 7 – 12 by developing skills, inspiring leadership and encouraging talents of the youth team. Through participation in training, mentorship, events and workshops, participants are provided with the tools and confidence to impact their peers, find success in future endeavors and to become life long learners.

The second grant was for $1,700 and will go towards the youth-led creation and performance of “What to Do When a Bully Bothers You” in collaboration with the Girl Scouts Girlz R.U.L.E. Anti-Bullying Program. YESS Youth Players will perform the play to museum visitors on September 24, October 8, November 12 and December 10. The main objective of the performance is to share the lessons learned from the highly successful YESS Youth Forum on January, 30, 2011 called “Bullying and How to Prevent It.” The mini-grant provides the opportunity for the youth participating in the YESS program to collaborate with the Girls Scouts Girlz Rule program on the issue of bullying. These youth have identified bullying as a problem and want to speak out and empower other youth by teaching them how to deal with bullies.

“We are thrilled to have received such generous support from the Perrin Family Foundation,” said Rhonda Kiest, executive director of Stepping Stones. “YESS is an integral piece of the wonderful spectrum of programs we offer at Stepping Stones and the Perrin Family Foundation grants will help us continue the amazing work generated from these students.”

The Perrin Family Foundation founded in 1994, is committed to providing equal opportunities for children and young adults to lead safe, productive and creative lives. The Foundation believes that ‘Youth Voice’ is an essential component in helping to build healthy communities. The Perrin Family Foundation funds youth leadership skill development programs in Fairfield County as well as youth led social change programs throughout the state in underserved communities. For more information, visit the website at

Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award winning, private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental call 203-899-0606 or visit

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