Education is Critical to keeping jobs in America.

According to former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, in 2008, China's schools graduated
more than 600,000 engineers and India's schools produced 350,000. America had only 70,000. Do the
math: China and India's top 10 percent outnumbers all of America's. Many firms agree that if the world's
best engineers are produced in other countries, that is where their companies will go. As a result, our
country and its youth are at a critical point. Nearly 80 percent of the fastest growing jobs will require some
post-secondary education. A high school diploma is a mandatory ticket to success in college and the
work force. The "Stay 4" Project® is designed to address these issues.
Featured Partners

The Great Plains LIFE (Laborers' International Funding for Education) Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2004. Our mission is to strengthen America and its workforce by providing committed volunteers to help encourage and inspire students with limited resources to graduate from high school and assist them with future educational opportunities, scholarships, and financial support for their continuing efforts.

Contact Us:

The Crossroads Center
456 Wylie Drive
Normal, IL 61761

Phone: (309) 828-3406
Fax: (309) 807-5082
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

If interested in becoming a mentor or intern, please contact the office by phone or email.

Great Plains LIFE Foundation

  • Illinois State University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Heartland Community College
  • Parkland Community College
  • Richland Community College
  • Laborers' International Union of North America
  • Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The Power of Giving

To help support a student like Gerardo, click the donate button on the right!

20 Stars for LIFE will take place on July 9, 2015 at the Lafayette Banquet Hall.  Proceeds will benefit the "Stay 4" Project. A big thank you to the stars, military, and supporters who helped making last year a success!
Join us this year to celebrate the 20 Stars!

"Stay 4" is a program designed to identify, help, and retain students who demonstrate the ability to succeed, yet are considered to be at risk of dropping out of high school. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded financial support through the Great Plains LIFE Foundation.
Each year the "Stay 4" Project helps reach low income, at risk high school students stay in school and continue their education. Click the link below to read just one of many success stories of the young people whose lives we're changing.
"There were so many struggling times growing up that I didn't really care much about school at all and only did homework if I felt like it. My dad had dropped out of grade school and my mom worked in a factory. I have an older brother and sister and lots of family living in the household.
As long as I can remember
there were always
financial problems and adversities,
and even more so
when my father left..."
How a gift can help
create a success story.
Meet Gerardo...
To continue reading Gerardo's story, click the link below.
This year's class is complete!
Click the star on the right to see who's being recognized and show your support.
Check out highlights from the 2015 20 Stars Photo Party!