• STEP Alumni Testimonials

    Christopher James Capes

    "...some words I would use to describe my time in STEP would be: practical, opportunity, rewarding, and of course, fun. I just received my acceptance letter to my film school! For an underclassman to get it, unheard of. For a freshman to get it, even crazier. Thanks to your program [STEP] and your mentorship, I appreciate everything you’ve done to help me out these last couple of years. Having access to technology my whole life has had a huge positive impact on the success I've had in the professional world. Providing that same opportunity to others is an extremely rewarding experience." - Christopher James Capes


    “I just wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in those important years of my high school career; I'm very grateful for all the experiences I had with STEP.” - Anonymous


    “I want to thank you again for all of the advice and support you have given me throughout these years. I have learned and grown so much because of the opportunities STEP has offered me.” - Anonymous

    Cathy Nguyen

    “There are a few words that come to mind when I think about my experience on the STEP board: innovation, empowerment, education, and community. Technology plays an integral role in the ways that we work, learn, build, and connect in today's world. Because we rely on technology as individuals and as a collective, narrowing the digital divide is both a global initiative and a social justice issue. Being a part of STEP allowed for me to capitalize on a synergy based on enhancing the technological literacy of individuals and ultimately, the empowerment of community members and citizens.” - Cathy Nguyen

    Nick Moloney

    “I really appreciate you STEP for all the helps I have received over the years … whether it be advice on being a leader or interview tips. So many things I will use the rest of my life. I'd say that technology is such a crucial part of learning and getting ahead in life that it is very beneficial to people to get started learning it early, and so it's very rewarding to be part of the process that helps those that would be otherwise less fortunate. Technology has played a tremendous role in getting me to where I am today and it's great to be able to help others start that exploration and process of learning at a young age.” - Nick Moloney

    Tuyen Nguyen

    “Thank you so much! I definitely credit a lot of my success to my experience serving on STEP and planning and executing Bridging The Gap (STAR) in high school!” - Tuyen Nguyen

    Tracy Tran

    “As parents looked at me with such grateful smiles, it really hit me what I was doing. With every program I installed, with every sticker I cleaned, with every laptop I handed out, I gave a child a better chance at academic success. And there's no greater feeling.” - Tracy Tran

    Nicole Iwasaki

    "Beyond the gratitude that many of the recipients of the computers expressed, it was an inspiring feeling to know that our efforts as volunteers helped students and their families become more technologically sufficient, expanding their opportunities in a electronically connected world. It was very rewarding to not only brighten the futures of these families, but reduce the amount of e-waste from units that may have otherwise been discarded; this program is truly a gift that keeps on giving." - Nicole Iwasaki

    Alex Hoang

    “I don't know what there is to say [about STAR] except for the fact that it is an amazing experience. To this day, working for the largest tech company in the world, I take the same approach in carrying over the greatest joy in enriching lives for people whether they are experiencing technology for the first time or they are early adopters who upgrade every year. Everyday I get to teach some one how to accomplish what they never thought they could do and it is the most rewarding and intrinsically motivating experience. Seeing people line up as we engage them with a smile inspiring them to learn and create beyond their own expectations. The reward is in enabling others.” - Alex Hoang

    Max Ashley

    “I worked as a translator at [the] BTG deploy[ment]. I saw how excited and happy people were. It was really positive experience, fixing and teaching about these computers.” - Max Ashley

    Jon Goodgion

    “As for STAR, I felt very privileged helping connect families with technology that will provide educational support for generations to come.” - Jon Goodgion

    Michael Schabbing

    “As an individual, I think the STAR deployment has helped me connect better and make difference for the community.” - Michael Schabbing

    Michayla Tompson

    "Being as Bridging the Gap was one of the few community services I had the opportunity to not only be a part of but help lead, it has a special place in my heart. Life without technology, especially so basic as the internet, is nearly impossible for me to imagine. It serves as such an essential tool for communication and maybe more importantly access to information. Just because a family may not be able to afford or know how to use a computer, laptop or internet services does not mean that they do not deserve to have access to critical information just like the rest of us. Knowing that I have been a part of something larger which helps to solve this digital divide is one of my most cherished memories from high school which I'll forever carry and hopefully get to continue at some point in the future." - Michayla Tompson

    Timothy Elmer

    “It’s incredibly rewarding to feel the gratitude pouring off the recipients of the laptops, to see it in their faces, the excitement in the children’s faces. I like knowing that the laptop we are giving this family may very well be an aid in improving their economic standing, and in improving the quality of their children’s education.” - Timothy Elmer

    Gurleen Deol

    “Equal access to technology and education gives those in poverty an advantage which can lead to better lifestyles. STAR is just one of the ways Kent School District prepares all students for their future and it feels great knowing that we are making a real difference in a disadvantaged student's life.” - Gurleen Deol

Last Modified on December 30, 2013