Project Stepping Stone of Indiana was launched in 2003. Our one-week college prep summer program (in June) helps Latino high school sophomores and juniors prepare for college and beyond. Selected students will be introduced to potential careers and includes visits to several of Indiana’s leading college campuses and businesses. Admission to the program is selective and is merit based.
As educators, business leaders, and influencers who touch the lives of many students, we are challenged daily by the obstacles that keep low-and moderate-income students from moving on to higher education. For most of our students, the dream of going to college seems out of reach. PSS provides the opportunity for students to see the value of education beyond high school and we help underscore how critical a college degree can become to realizing their dream for themselves and their families. At PSS, we turn dreams into reality.
Our goal is to improve post-secondary enrollment among Indiana’s Latino high school students. Project Stepping Stone of Indiana has a 13-year track record of success in preparing the state’s Latino high schools students for college and career success. Since its inception, PSS has witnessed a positive success rate in getting our graduates into college. In fact, over 80% of the seniors who attended Project Stepping Stone go on to pursue a post secondary degree. In turn, many of these students inspire and encourage other students in their communities.
The funding requested will be used to support operations of the program and ongoing student support (transportation of students, meals, housing, etc.). This program is offered at no cost to students and is carried out by a 100% volunteer crew and funded by the generosity of individuals and corporate partners. It is a 501(c)3 program under the Indiana Latino Institute (EIN: 26-0036285).
Why It Matters
A significant number of PSS student participants come from low-income families and communities. Over 85% also identify as the first in their family to attend college. We believe education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in our community.
The gap in levels of educational attainment among Latino adults age 25 and older also remains a challenge. 40.4% of US born Latinos in the state and 53.1% of Latin American born adults fail to graduate from high school versus 14.7% for all adults. Even more critical, only 11.3% of US born Latinos in the state and 8.4% of Latin American born adults attain a bachelor’s degree versus 21.2% for all Hoosiers.
According to U.S Census Bureau data, there remains a significant discrepancy in income and poverty levels between Indiana’s Latino and non-Latino populations (19.3% of US born Latinos in the state and 23.8% of Latin American born families live in poverty versus 9.0% of families for the overall state population).
We are here to change these stats – one student at a time!
Call To Action
We welcome you to join our cause by donating to our campaign. Any amount goes a long way to helping us impact the lives of our students.
Help us spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign by sharing the link on your social media networks (Facebook, LinkedIN, etc.) and with your family and friends. Share why you donated and use the hashtags #UnSelfie #PSS2018.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, corporate partner and other ways to get involved send us a message via HIPGive or visit our website at www.projectsteppingstone.org.
Si Se Puede!
Regina N Lee
Monica I Renteria
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Marilin Martinez Walker
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