ILI is committed to increasing the number of Latino high school and college graduates in Indiana. Education-focused programming includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Increasing College Access
ILI works to inform community leaders, elected officials, education professionals, and community organizations about the challenges and opportunities that exist for college bound Latino Hoosiers. ILI also creates movements and informs the public about initiatives at the grassroots level.
- College Preparation Workshops & Presentations
ILI presents information to students and parents about college readiness, scholarships, financial aid, workforce development, and community service.
- Women Reaching Higher
This program provides Latinas with skills to become independent. Participants learn about community resources, build their resume, gain interview skills, and understand financial literacy. The overall goal of this program is to provide guidance towards attaining vocational or college courses.
- Indiana Latino Education Summit
ILI provides information to students and advocates on specific strategies to get more Latino students to and through college.
2. College Retention
- College Coaching
ILI works with students to assess student and family needs, address barriers, and identify and focus on strengths. We help students navigate college procedures, financing, career exploration, testing, admissions, and provide referrals to general social service agencies for other needs.
- Peer2Peer STEM Tutoring (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
High school and college students work one on one with peers that are skilled in math and science. For their time, the STEM tutors receive a scholarship.
ILI awards need and merit-based scholarships to students who show academic excellence and community service involvement. Preference is given to applicants who are Latino first-generation college students.
- Leader Scholarships
After completing the summer internship program or fellowship program, select students are eligible to intern at the ILI office, providing support to all programming and staff at ILI. Scholarships are provided upon completion of service hours.
3. Professional Development
- Summer Fellowship
ILI secures corporate partners to host up to 5 fellows who college seniors or graduate students. The fellowship includes real world experience and character and leadership development trainings. Fellows are paid directly for their time.
- ILI Summer Internship Program
ILI secures community partners to host interns over the summer. The internship includes real world experience as well as assistance from ILI staff who guide students to develop their resume and conduct career research projects. ILI provides interns with a scholarship upon completion of the internship.
4. Indiana Latino Higher Education Consortium
- Indiana Latino Higher Education Consortium
ILI works with college and university leaders to influence system change to increase Latino enrollment, retention, and completion rates at Indiana higher education institutions.