Engaging Latino Youth

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Engaging Latino Youth

  1. 1. EngagingLatino Youth Andrew Behnke aobehnke@ncsu.edu
  2. 2. Some numbers
  3. 3. U.S. Latino Population Today in Millions 13 million 1980 54 million 2012 92 million- 2030 (Migration Policy Institute, 2010; Pew Hispanic, 2013)
  4. 4. U.S. Latino YouthToday in Millions (Fraga et al., 2009; Migration Policy Institute, 2010; Pew Hispanic, 2012)
  5. 5. Latino Growth 2000- 2010 (Migration Policy Institute, 2010; Pew Hispanic, 201
  6. 6. diversity
  7. 7. challenges
  8. 8. Some Challenges: getting a driver’s misinterpretations license Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids Media and Public Opinion job opportunitiesisolation & access to resources
  9. 9. teen pregnancy 10
  10. 10. why?
  11. 11. how do we stop it?
  12. 12. how?
  13. 13. update your map of what they need
  14. 14. its really about where your heart is
  15. 15. high touch
  16. 16. focus on theirSTRENGTHS
  17. 17. Some call it a blind spot, othersnaïveté, but Mandela sees almosteveryone as virtuous until provenotherwise. He starts with an assumptionyou are dealing with him in good faith.He believes that, just as pretending to bebrave can lead to acts of realbravery, seeing thegood in other people improves thechances that they will reveal theirbetter selves. Seth Godin
  18. 18. ask them
  19. 19. Are there language differences?Language – Spanish but also indigenous languages – Build a bilingual volunteer and network system – Seek for a bilingual partners = more than an interpreter
  20. 20. Spanish?
  21. 21. Start small – Find one inroad – A church, community group, & team up – Realize that many Latinos speak English
  22. 22. Familiarize yourself with someSpanish-language materials andresources – Attempt to speak Spanish – Learn to read Spanish – Use common phrases
  23. 23. Train front-line staff in best practiceswith working with Latino familiesHire bilingual staff… men too!Build flexible programs w/ drop inatmosphere
  24. 24. gather awinningteam
  25. 25. Are there community agencies/organizations/leaders already engaged with them? Identify potential partners – A starting point: Schools’ ESL and Spanish teachers, Health Department Spanish/English interpreters, Faith Community, Latino/Mexican grocery stores, non-profit organizations, etc. • Highly recommended to have an initial face- to-face contact • Latino culture shows preference for one-on- one relationships
  26. 26. who’s not at thetable yet?
  27. 27. Who are your partners?• Call for a community partners meeting o Determine partner’s role o Who can do what? o Identify existing groups and/or help with recruiting participants
  28. 28. silos
  29. 29. really?
  30. 30. engage youth
  31. 31. ask them
  32. 32. listen
  33. 33. find out what getsthem excited
  34. 34. futbol, basketbol, music , technology, their families, their friends
  35. 35. resonate
  36. 36. resonancefrequency
  37. 37. vision ofhigher goals
  38. 38. Preparing for Collegeend in mind
  39. 39. retain youth• make short videos - animoto• use technology – wiggio• home visits• pull out at school
  40. 40. be passionateshow you really care
  41. 41. the 5 Ps
  42. 42. Problem: what do they feel the problem is?
  43. 43. Praise: be genuine and focused
  44. 44. Past Experiences: identifywhat experiences they have had with folks like you before
  45. 45. Problem Solve: resolve the concerns they have and figure out the logistics
  46. 46. Prepare them for what to expect
  47. 47. take risks
  48. 48. engage their parents
  49. 49. stealth
  50. 50. be flexible
  51. 51. keepboundaries
  52. 52. 20 mile march Roald Amundsen - Dogs & Train Robert Scott - Motor Sledges, H“figuring out what works, understanding why itworks, grasping when to change and knowing whennot to.”Jim Collins
  53. 53. ship

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