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STF Mentoring Program

The STF Mentoring Program allows sixth through eighth grade at-risk students an opportunity to enhance their academic and social skills. Students meet once per week after school with positive adult and college mentors. Students may also receive tutoring and have an opportunity to discuss any issues they may be experiencing at home and in school. Curriculum topics include goal-setting, decision-making, and finding one's strengths, talents, and leaning styles.

Project STAR - (Students Thinking and Acting Responsibly)

Project STAR is a leadership and character development program targeting ninth and tenth grade at-risk students. Students meet once per week after school. Curriculum topics include conflict resolution, drug and violence prevention, abstinence, and peer mediation. Students also attend college tours, guest speaker presentations and workshops about college readiness.

Learn-Do-Teach Program (LDT)

LDT is an intensive leadership development program designed for participants who have successfully completed the Project STAR program, and are on the honor roll. LDT students meet weekly after school to receive training and to help facilitate program sessions for STF Mentoring Program students. Students also prepare for the ACT and SAT tests, and learn how to research and apply for college grants and scholarships.


Camp FOCUS Academy is a four-week summer orientation camp for sixth through ninth grade students transitioning into Broad Ripple High School. This unique and innovative camp teaches students how to find their FOCUS:

F - Find what your talents are
O - Observe your mentors
C - Challenge yourself (set goals)
U - Utilize your resources
S - Strive to make a difference

Participants receive math and science instruction from a licensed IPS teacher, and learn effective study skills and habits. Students attend college tours and participate in traditional camp activities, such as swimming, expressive writing, and field trips. Program participants earn one high school elective credit for attending the camp.

All STYDI programs include a service-learning project to promote philanthropy and community service, and program participants receive one or two credits that counts as an elective for all diplomas. To learn more about the programs we offer, or enroll your child, contact Karina Anderson at or call 317-693-5720.

STF Program Goals:

  • Provide mentoring and character building programs for at-risk youth.
  • Create tutorial sessions for youth that stresses the importance of academics.
  • Sponsor instructional / leadership camps for aspiring young athletes.
  • Provide scholarships for financially challenged Indianapolis Public School students in order for them to pursue a degree in higher education.

STF Program Objectives:

  • Improve standardized test scores and school performance.
  • Improve students' social skills.
  • Improve school attendance.
  • Help students develop effective study skills and habits.
  • Help students set high expectations and accept responsibility for their own learning.

The following pledge is an example of the values that are instilled in students involved in STF programs....

Stacey Toran Youth Development Institute Pledge

I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times.
I believe that I should treat others as I want them to treat me and that I must always be respectful.
I believe that I am capable of great achievements so I will always strive for excellence in my conduct, character, community, and classroom performance.
I believe that I have the courage to be different and I will refrain from using inappropriate language, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs and engaging in self-destructive behavior.
As a participant in the Stacey Toran Foundation Program, I dedicate myself to having regular attendance, achieving good grades, graduating from high school and becoming a leader in my home, school and community.

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