ILSF Alliance Members
For a decade, ILSF Alliance Partners (LaPlaza, Project Stepping Stone, SADCO and Mexican Scholarship Fund) have united to elevate awareness, involvement and financial support that is critical for hundreds of young Latino youth in the State of Indiana. Together, this alliance helps pave a path to success for all Latino students who are touched by these dedicated organizations.
Since 2004, La Plaza's mission has been to serve, empower and integrate the Latino Community in Central Indiana with a focus on youth education for students in 1st through 12th grades. La Plaza's education programs concentrate on academic excellence and achievement, career and college exploration, community service, leadership, and technology.
La Plaza’s programs include Summer Discovery, Leadership Institute for Latino Youth, Adelante Familias, Access to Health and Social Services and Tu Futuro (Your Future).
La Plaza also partners with Central Indiana schools to work with students and their parents to provide resources and break down the many barriers Latino youth face in accessing higher education.
La Plaza also provides more than 7,000 Latinos access to health and social services – including counseling, a dental clinic for children, emergency assistance, and a food pantry – with the understanding of the important role that a family’s health and well-being plays in a young person’s overall achievement.
Awards are made each year through the La Plaza Scholarship Fund with the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund. These funds ensure that Hispanic/Latino kids, (and their families) reach their dreams. La Plaza is committed to continuing to offer encouragement, financial opportunities and tools to future students in need.
For more information about La Plaza, visit: www.laplaza-indy.org.
Mexican Scholarship Fund
The Mexican Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis seeking to improve access to higher education for Indiana students of Mexican descent.
Every year, The Mexican Scholarship Fund awards approximately 50 scholarships to students who want to pursue a college education, regardless of field of study or the college/university where they want to study. Most of these students are the first in their family to attend a college or university. Going to college also means that they are realizing their families’ American dream to become successful, productive citizens.
Project Stepping Stone
For over ten years Project Stepping Stone of Indiana (PSS) has helped top Hispanic/Latino high school students from the state of Indiana prepare for college. We are also enabling PSS Alumni, currently in college, to achieve academic success and to graduate from college.
Hundreds of students have been inspired to reach their potential through PSS.
With the help of academic and supporting sponsors, it is our goal and passion to help PSS students find their paths to success in academics, careers and their lives.
Each year, approximately 100 students are selected to tour several university campuses over the course of one week. They learn critical information that allows them to realize their personal strengths, academic paths and even choice of university. During this week, students get a glimpse of campus life while touring these academic campuses.
For more information about PSS, visit www.projectsteppingstone.org.
Friends of Colombia Society (SADCO)
SADCO, Friends of Colombia Society, is an organization of volunteers working in partnership with local, national and international organizations to:
- Promote the educational and professional development of our citizens.
- Contribute to the betterment of the community at home and abroad.
- Welcome and help integrate newcomers to the community.
- Provide Colombians and friends of Colombia with a friendly, family oriented environment.
- Share information about Colombian cultural heritage and current developments.
- Celebrate Latin American culture.
For more information about SADCO, visit www.sadco.org.
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a steward of more than $700 million in charitable assets and is transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways:
- Consulting with donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving;
- Awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and
- Providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities.
CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership with The Indianapolis Foundation (serving Marion County since 1916) and Legacy Fund (serving Hamilton County since 1991).
For more information about CICF, visit www.cicf.org.
Strada Education Network
Strada Education Network℠, formerly USA Funds®, is a new kind of nonprofit organization that takes a fresh approach to addressing — and solving — critical higher education and workforce challenges. We advance our guiding principle, Completion With a Purpose®, through a unique combination of strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and innovative solutions to improve the college-to-career connection. We work to bridge the huge disconnect that now exists between the skills and competencies that graduates take with them into the job market and the needs of employers, a skills gap that threatens the future of our nation’s economic growth and prosperity. Strada Education works to ensure all students have the tools and resources they need to successfully compete in today’s global workforce. Strada Education Network is building on the 56-year legacy of USA Funds — which helped more than 22 million students and parents pay for college.
For more information about Strada Education Network, visit www.stradaeducation.org