ILI strives to not only improve the high school graduation rates for Latino students but works to expand the population of Latino college graduates in Indiana by helping Latino students to navigate the enrollment process and by being a resource for helping these students to graduate from college. Offered Education programming includes the following initiatives:
Increasing College Access
ILI works to inform community leaders and elected officials about the challenges and opportunities that exist for college bound Latino Hoosiers. ILI has secured partnerships with high schools, colleges, and community organizations to present information about the challenges and opportunities that exist for Latino students. We also create movements and inform 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, summer jobs and community service. We also host the Latino Education Summit where we provide information to students and advocates on specific strategies to get more Latino students to and through college.
- Women Reaching Higher
This program provides Latina mothers with skills to become indpendent. Skills tought include resume, interview, and financial literacy trainings with the intent of providing guidance towards attaining vocational or college courses.
- 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 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.
- Job Fair
Hundreds attend the job fair where students can learn more about career options and seek employment to ensure they can financially support their education endeavors.
- ILI Summer Internship Program
ILI secures 20 community partners to host 20 interns over the summer. The internship includes real world experience as well as assistance from ILI staff who guide students to perform resume building and career research projects. ILI provides interns with a scholarship for their internship service.
- ILI Scholarships
ILI awards about 20 needs-based scholarships to students who show academic excellence and community service involvement. Preference is given to applicants who are Latino first generation college students.