Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

Carbondale, CO   |
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Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

EIN: 46-4740539


Stepping Stones cultivates strong mentoring relationships and community spaces for youth ages 10-24 to foster personal growth, compassion, and responsibility.

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Executive Director

Kyle Crawley

Assistant Director

Jonathan Greener

Main address

1010 Garfield Ave.

Carbondale, CO 81623 USA

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Subject area info

Youth services

Youth mentoring

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth


At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth in the Roaring Fork Valley experience significant risk factors for mental health disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Many young people are left without supervision as parents work long hours to make ends meet. In Carbondale and the surrounding communities, young people suffer from a lack of safe spaces to connect with caring adults or participate in positive activities with peers. Stepping Stones meets these needs by providing youth with mentoring, connection, and a safe space to thrive. Our centers fill a void in free after-school and summer programming; we are open five days per week during the hours when teenagers are most likely to participate in risky behaviors. We are the only mid-valley organization meeting the varied needs of this vulnerable population, offering free nightly meals, laundry and shower facilities, job training and placement, educational support, and experiential learning to build resilience.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a community-based mentoring program that serves over 300 young people annually. Our drop-in centers are open five days a week, and provide a diverse, bilingual atmosphere where at-risk youth receive holistic support to pursue their own goals. We offer skill development, nightly meals, basic needs assistance, educational support, family engagement, crisis response & case management, and experiential programming. In each component of our work, Stepping Stones seeks to empower youth to reach self- sufficiency, through risk-prevention and crisis intervention services.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Participants decreased slightly in 2020 due to the pandemic

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Meals decreased in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions around masking, hygiene, and food

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Stepping Stones conceptualizes our impact through our theory of change:

If we provide intensive mentoring and supportive services for high-need youth in the Roaring Fork Valley, and serve as a community hub for families, schools, and community partners to improve youth connectedness and advocate for youth…

Then youth will be better equipped to build pro-social relationships with family and peers, engage in school, address trauma, and avoid risk behaviors…

Which will lead to improved life outcomes for youth (mental and physical health, educational attainment, employment, ​reduced substance use, reduced recidivism), an increased sense of community ownership and leadership, and a flourishing, unified Valley.

Our holistic program model incorporates the following key components:

Mentoring. Stepping Stones maintains a 10 to 1 youth to mentor ratio. 98% of our currently mentored youth have been involved for more than 1 year. Studies demonstrate the profound impact of mentoring, including improved educational achievement, reduced substance use, and the promotion of positive social attitudes.

Safe Space. Our drop-in centers are open year round, five days per week: Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. from 3-6 pm, and 12 - 6 pm on Wed. We also run extended hours on holidays and when school is not in session.

Basic Needs Services. We provide daily home-cooked meals, transportation assistance, access to laundry and shower facilities, as well as clothing, shoes, school supplies, and hygiene items. We are the only organization providing these services to youth in our region.

Educational Support. We help at-risk youth remain engaged in school, and facilitate social-emotional learning that enables our youth to thrive. Our staff facilitates weekly programming within local schools, and communicates weekly with school counselors, ensuring our youth receive the support they need to succeed.

Skill Development. Our staff works closely with each participant to identify individualized goals, such as securing stable employment or overcoming substance use. All mentored youth maintain quarterly goals, which they pursue with mentor support. In 2021, our youth achieved 288 self-identified goals in the areas of housing, employment, education, social-emotional skills, resiliency, health/wellness, substance use, justice system, and family engagement. These goals help youth feel a sense of self-efficacy, and serve to develop consequential thinking.

Community Connections. We facilitate linkages with employment, therapy, athletics, and more to help youth thrive. In 2021 our staff facilitated 275 linkages for our participants.

Case Management & Crisis Response. In collaboration with our youth and families, we develop and implement multi-faceted and asset-based plans to ensure our participants' holistic needs are met. This includes considering each component of a youth’s wellbeing, from housing and food security, to mental health and academic supports. Through goal-oriented and measurable service provision, our case managers help empower youth to thrive. When our youth encounter crises like homelessness or suicidal ideations, our trained staff respond to ensure safety and comprehensive support.

Experiential Learning. We anticipate offering 100 experiential learning outings in 2023, including camping, yoga, trail maintenance, skiing, rock climbing, paddleboarding, arts activities, museum visits, service learning, and more. Our staff employs best practices in the field of positive youth development and experiential therapy to empower youth with challenging but supported experiences through which they build self-confidence, resilience, and pro-social skills.

Stepping Stones staff and volunteers have a broad background of interests, skills, and stories that enable us to meet the needs of the youth we serve. The majority of our staff are bilingual and bicultural, and mirror the breadth of the demographics of our youth. We provide extensive training for our staff in trauma-informed practices, restorative justice, and positive youth development to ensure they can effectively mentor our youth. Each staff utilizes our customized database to enter programmatic data on a daily basis, enabling ongoing analysis of metrics and outcomes. Through monthly case staffing and data meetings, we recognize patterns and identify gaps to improve the quality of our services. Annually, we monitor program growth and create strategic plans and goals. Our program develops collaboratively, with the diverse voices of youth, families, staff, and our Board of Directors driving strategic, long-term planning, as well as daily program activities.

We leverage strong community partnerships to offer comprehensive services that meet our participants’ needs. Our primary partnerships are with the families of the youth we serve. We act as a community hub, connecting families to resources, from immigration services to emergency housing to family therapy. We are asset-based in our approach to families; each family is welcomed to contribute their skills by cooking, volunteering, chaperoning outings, or bringing their individual skills and passions to the table by instructing groups on art, business, computers, or sports. By contributing to the wellbeing of families, we improve youth resilience and increase protective factors for our participants.

Many other partners contribute to the work we do, including schools, community organizations, service providers, and governmental entities. We rely on these strong partnerships to increase the success of wraparound services we provide to youth, as well as to bolster our financial sustainability.

Stepping Stones utilizes a number of goals, objectives, outputs, and outcomes to evaluate our impact. Envisioning these long-term goals and evaluating shorter-term progress on measurable outputs helps us to modify services as necessary to ensure we are on the right track to achieve our goals.

Within our logic model, the following are our indicators of success:

Goal: To increase protective factors, decrease risk factors, and improve life outcomes for youth (including educational attainment, employment, health, reduced substance use, reduced recidivism), and increase youth’s sense of community ownership and leadership to create a flourishing valley.

Objective: Strengthen youth relationships with caring adults through mentoring
2021 Outputs & Outcomes:
-Engaged 301 participants
-Provided 1,699 one-to-one mentoring sessions
-288 self-identified youth goals achieved
-95% of mentored youth were involved for more than 1 year
-98% of our participants reported having a trusted adult to whom they could go with a problem (Search Institute 2021)

Objective: Increase exposure to cultural and economic opportunities; develop skills and resilience; build prosocial relationships
2021 Outputs & Outcomes:
-6,453 drop-in visits
-275 linkages established with supportive services
-Provided 5 days per week of drop-in programming for 49 weeks
-136 experiential learning outings conducted
-100% of our mentored youth aged 15 and up are employed.
-98% of participants reported that Stepping Stones has a strong culturally-responsive environment (Search Institute 2021).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 47.98 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.5 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $275,039 $842,481 $66,912 $486,603 $1,209,110
As % of expenses 84.4% 185.6% 12.6% 76.1% 198.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $270,087 $803,777 -$4,803 $416,996 $1,116,103
As % of expenses 81.6% 163.2% -0.8% 58.8% 159.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $612,013 $1,358,436 $740,377 $1,170,847 $1,817,849
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 122.0% -45.5% 58.1% 55.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.4% 0.7% 0.8% 5.7% 1.6%
All other grants and contributions 99.6% 95.5% 93.4% 91.6% 97.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 3.7% 5.8% 2.7% 0.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $325,974 $453,946 $530,349 $639,603 $608,739
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 39.3% 16.8% 20.6% -4.8%
Personnel 57.5% 62.8% 63.6% 58.6% 64.3%
Professional fees 3.9% 4.8% 1.8% 1.2% 1.1%
Occupancy 20.7% 8.8% 3.3% 6.0% 8.5%
Interest 0.0% 3.0% 7.3% 5.3% 4.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 15.3% 7.4%
All other expenses 17.9% 20.6% 24.1% 13.5% 14.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $330,926 $492,650 $602,064 $709,210 $701,746
One month of savings $27,165 $37,829 $44,196 $53,300 $50,728
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $17,407 $187,478 $16,393
Fixed asset additions $21,853 $1,670,488 $0 $288,629 $1,295,647
Total full costs (estimated) $379,944 $2,200,967 $663,667 $1,238,617 $2,064,514

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.8 5.8 7.6 7.1 5.3
Months of cash and investments 15.9 11.3 14.1 12.7 11.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.4 10.5 10.1 8.6 11.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $130,439 $219,268 $334,883 $376,783 $266,670
Investments $301,700 $207,472 $289,542 $298,426 $295,887
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $69,022 $1,739,510 $1,739,510 $2,028,139 $3,323,786
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 14.7% 2.8% 6.9% 9.4% 8.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.9% 38.4% 35.7% 24.4% 16.6%
Unrestricted net assets $478,225 $1,282,002 $1,277,199 $1,694,195 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $11,000 $29,853 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $11,000 $29,853 $172,092 $218,643 $0
Total net assets $489,225 $1,311,855 $1,449,291 $1,912,838 $3,028,941

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Kyle Crawley

Assistant Director

Jonathan Greener

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Georgine Garbarini

Georgine Garbarini

Temple Glassier

Gary Barr

Kseniya Mamlin

Kristin Nelson

Andrew Modell

Ben Sherman

Suzanne Fitzgerald

Evin Sartin

Kelly Medina

Jose Garcia

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/9/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/09/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.