Project Stepping Stone

Invest in Indiana’s Latino youth. Help us make our students dreams of college success a reality – Si Se Puede!

Indiana Latino Institute

Education

Our story

Our Mission

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

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!




Updates

11/28/2017

Love reading the testimonials from PSS Alums on the impact the PSS has had on their lives! Keep giving #GivingTuesday #SiSePuede



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11/28/2017

Love reading the testimonials from PSS Alums on the impact the PSS has had on their lives! Keep giving #GivingTuesday #SiSePuede



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11/28/2017

Today is #GivingTuesday! Don’t forget to donate at EST 11AM, 2PM, 6PM and 9PM to get your donation matched.

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Regina Funk

Love PSS and all our volunteers and alumni. Si se puede!

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Monica Renteria

I was blessed with the opportunity to be part of Project Stepping Stone 2012 and 2013. As a first generation, low-income and immigrant student; PSS was a life changing experience for me that allowed me to find courage and confidence to believe that I could attend the college of my choice and have my American dream come to a reality while at the same time feeling empowered and proud who I am. As a continue through my last semester of nursing school, I do not want to see this wonderful, life-changing program go away due to funds. Here is my small contribution, with much love.

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Jesica Soriano

Forever grateful- great experience, connections and learning. You leave knowing that you are not alone as a first-generation Hispanic college-aspiring student and “si se puede” ! -PSS 2010, 2011

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Christian Lozano

PSS is an awesome program for Indiana Latinx youth that has empowered and educated many. Myself included, much love!

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Anonymous

Keep up the great work you do.

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Anonymous

Let’s keep those PSS buses rolling into 2018 - ¡Si se puede!

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Anonymous

I would not be where I am today without the continuous support and mentorship that I have received from Project Stepping Stone. It gave me hope, a vision and a family. Gracias PSS

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Luz Flores

A program that truly was the stepping stone to my future, it's given me more than a week's worth of knowledge. It's allowed me to build a community of peers and mentors that support my goals and push me to be better.

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Tom Morales

MGI stands alongside this great project

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Anonymous

PSS, thanks for all you do to help Latino high school students.

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Gracias a todos.

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Aaron Tolly

Si se puede!

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Daniel Aguilar

¡Si se puede!

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Brigitte Gurrola

Project Stepping Stone was life changing and made me realize I had the potential to go to college and how to go about it. If it were not for them, I do not think I would be where I am today.

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Jeff widholm

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Celia Ochoa

PSS helped make my dream of attending college a reality. Through PSS I have also had the opportunity to make life long connections with mentors and friends, there to support me every step of the way in my academic and professional journey. Through this donation I hope to support PSS in helping another Latino student realize their dreams.

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Anonymous

Keep up the good work.

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Alexander Garfjas

Pss Indy changed my life! So I’m contributing back as much as I can! #pssindy2016

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Noe Cabello

We appreciate the great work you do for young latinos. Our son was a benificiary of this program.

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Anonymous

Good luck!!

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Uriel Lopez

I was a student in the program in 2013, and I personally know the life-changing effect it has had on hundreds of students including myself.

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Anonymous

Go PSS!

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Best wishes PSS

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Vincent Viveros

#GivingTuesday

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Miu Asano

Thank you to those who donated - Please join me this #GivingTuesday, the Team PSS needs your support!

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Anonymous

I have seen first hand the impact of #PSS on my younger family members. The lessons they learned through this program have and will prepare them to be successful for the rest of their lives. Gracias PSS!!

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Anonymous

Important to keep supporting fellow Latinos and incredible programs like PSS.

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Anonymous

Love this program. Grateful for the skills I gained, people I met, and dinner etiquette tips that still come in handy. Let's keep PSS going strong!

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Anonymous

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society. Wise words from Sonia Sotomayor and the reason why I am giving to PSS on this #GivingTuesday.

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Anonymous

Life-changing program that opened up doors for me I never thought possible. I learned education & life lessons that help me every day. Thank you, PSS & all the amazing mentors who make it possible. Y'all are my familia!

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We need to continue supporting our students! Go PSS.

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PSS gave me the confidence to reach my educational #goals and build up my fellow Latinos along the way. Seriously...smash that DONATE button if Project Stepping Stone made a difference in your life!

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Anonymous

I've seen firsthand the impact this program makes on students' lives. Excited to see what 2018 brings for PSS!!

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For more stories to be written, gracias to those who've made a change.

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Jackie Morales

PSS is amazing

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Si Se Puede! #PSS2018

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