'The Right to Dream: Promising Practices Improve Odds for Latino Men and Boys'

'The Right to Dream: Promising Practices Improve Odds for Latino Men and Boys'

Priority issues for removing structural barriers to success for Latino men and boys include building assets among Latino families, creating pathways to careers, disconnecting the school-to-prison pipeline, and addressing the disproportionate health effects of environmental risks on communities of color, a report from and the argues. The report, (40 pages, PDF), identifies effective strategies for tackling these problems through interventions in six critical areas — intergenerational relationships, the importance of families, civic engagement, partnerships with public systems, reinforcing cultural identity, and addressing immigration status. For example, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos in Denver leverages intergenerational organizing to ensure that working-class Latino youth and parents work with the school district, police department, and elected officials to reduce the use of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests that disproportionately limit educational opportunities for boys of color.

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