The Goal of Persistence Pays Off
This initiative works to break down the barriers that students face by connecting them with local services that help them persist and earn their college degree or certificate.
This is done through a partnership with the TRIO offices at Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University Fort Wayne along with Lutheran Social Services. Together, they work to provide students with easy access to services that help them persist and earn
their college degree or certificate.
“PPO has been an amazing program that has helped me stay focused throughout the school year. It's not just academic goals that bog students down.”
Ashley Yu, Nursing Student
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
It is widely acknowledged that education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty. Yet, living in poverty makes being in college tough.
Nationally, 58% of college students are experiencing some form of basic needs insecurity, with hunger and lack of stable housing being the top needs.
of students Persisted
of students are first-generation college students
of students are employed
financial literacy lessons taught
visits by case managers
community referrals provided
of referrals followed through on services
in emergency financial assistance
Empower a Persistence Pays Off Student as a Volunteer Mentor
Mentors will spend time engaging with students on their career goals and provide advice on how to navigate the complexities of college and career.
Mentors will partner with students who are overcoming a variety of barriers to pursuing their collegiate education and career goals, such as low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and people with disabilities. Lived experience and/or qualities such as empathy, insightfulness, and positivity are highly sought after.