The Saturday Tongan Education Program (STEP) is a weekly program that connects 5C student volunteers through the AARC with the Inland Empire Tongan community. STEP fosters growth in local Tongan youth by providing academic tutoring, cultural activities, and other concrete resources. Through STEP, the AARC and the Tongan community hope to expand services and relationships with Pacific Islander communities in the surrounding area. STEP works with Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity (MALO), a community organization that supports Tongan Americans in the Inland Empire.
Participants work in conjunction with students from the Claremont Colleges during STEP and throughout the week if needed. Program attendees range from those in pre-school to college and includes young parents and community elders. Moving forward, STEP seeks to expand and focus on its programming for students.