Currently in the US there are about 16 Million Latino youth, about 7.6 Million of them between the ages of 15 and 24. (9 out of 10 of them are documented.) By about the year 2050 there will be about 60 Million Latino youth in the US. By current statistics only about 13% (8 Million) of them will graduate from a university compared to 34 % of white youth. This places the Latino youth at a great disadvantage in the high tech and high business America that is here and coming to an even greater degree.
At Youth Discovery Inc we want to solve this problem. We would like to see another 8 Million to 12 Million Latino youth graduate from a university or trade school. To do this we must solve the problems that inhibit Latino youth from reaching their full potential.
The problems that inhibit Latino youth from achievement are mainly:
1) A low expectation of themselves that they can achieve more,
2) there is a Generation Gap in which most Latino youth are lower in all educational levels than white students,
3) Latinos are lacking in the money needed to attend higher education (28% of Latino families are considered below the poverty, compared to 11% of whites, and many more Latinos are very close to the poverty line,
4) the Latino youth need their parents support to go on to higher education (the parents only completed elementary education and do not see why their children should go further, plus, the parents need the youth to get jobs to help support the family),
5) the Latino youth do not have the knowledge and skills on how to pursue a higher education, and
6) Latino youth do not know that there are many scholarships available for them, and do not know how to apply for them, including FASFA Pell Grants which would provide about $5,000 for every student freely.
Youth Discovery Inc, after promoting solutions for Latino youth since 2008, thinks we have a solution. We call it the Diversity Discovery Class. This would be a class taught in middle school to 8th graders, and in high school for 9th to 12th grades. The class would consist mainly of 6 parts:
1) A curriculum to teach the Latino youth what they need to know to succeed in America
2) How to raise their own self-expectation of what they can achieve,
3) Get their parents on board to support them getting a higher education
4) Where to get the money to go to a university while their parents are still in poverty (All Documented students can get about $5000 per year from FASFA Pell Grants just by applying, and these do not need to be repaid.)
5) Programs to close the Generation Gap of their reading and math skills
6) The Latino youth would greatly raise their own self-esteem gy tutoring their younger siblings, or other close relations, for 20 minutes each evening. (Latinos In Action has already shown that this tutoring has a tremendous effect on raising the self-esteem of the tutor)
The current needs for which Youth Discovery has in developing this program are:
1) Write lesson plans for the curriculum. We currently have about 80 lesson plans, but for the 5 years of school we need about 900,
2) Review the current curriculum that I have imagined is needed and edit it. i.e. add topics you know are needed and delete topics of no value,
3) Make suggestions on how to motivate high school students to tutor their younger siblings each night for about 20 minutes,
4) Help raise money to hire professional curriculum writers,
5) Find volunteers or hire professional statisticians to write quantitative statistics to measure student progress.
As you can see, our greatest need is the writing of lesson plans around the curriculum that I have envisioned.
For a complete explanation see:
Diversity Discovery Class 2013 (Summary PPT) which you will download as a Power Point and then have to open.
Thank you very much for your willingness to help your Latino brothers,
Carlos B. Roundy, Ph.D.
Youth Discovery Inc
Youth Discovery Inc.
60 West 1000 North
Logan, UT 84321
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