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Youth Discovery Inc has been developing programs for the last 6 years to help educate Latino and minority youth, and has spent over $700,000 on those programs. We are now developing this class to be taught in 8th through 12th grades to Latino and other minority students that we believe will reach our goal. The goal is to reduce minority drop-out rates from high school by at least 1/2, and to increase the graduation rate from trade schools and universities across the entire United States by at least 2x to 3x. (At current trends of the 60 Million Latino youth that will go through American schools between now and 2050, only 13%, or 8 Million will go to higher education. We’d like to see 16 Million to 24 Million of these youth obtain some form of advanced education.) A Power Point Summery is here: Self-Discovery 2013
We need volunteers to help write lesson plans for the classes and we need donations so that we can pay professional educators to review lesson plans and to prepare qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis on the performance of the classes.
The Latino student population in Cache Valley, Utah, and the USA is approaching 50% of all students, or will be in a few decades. These Latino students are vastly under performing in essentially every measure of educational achievement, including: reading levels, math levels, grades, attendance, ACT scores, dropout rate, university enrollment and graduation, etc.
There are many contributing factors in this under achievement, but perhaps the greatest is the “mindset” of the Latino students. They simply do not think they can achieve or excel, so “why try?”
An innovative program developed about 10 years ago in Orem, Utah, called Latinos In Action, LIA, has made great strides in raising the mindset and performance of Latino students. It uses high school in class training in how to tutor younger students, and then busses high school students to an elementary school where the older students help the younger with homework. This actually helps the high school student as much or more than the elementary student because it enhances the self confidence of the high school student, and greatly increases his/her self expectation.
Challenges with Latinos In Action
The biggest hurdle with Latinos In Action is the cost of busing the high school students to the elementary school, and coordinating schedules between the two schools. Another drawback is that, because of the busing and coordinating problems, a given high school will provide LIA for a limited percentage of its Latino students, usually one class, which is often as little as 10% of the students. Finally, the LIA students have very little ‘in class’ time to give them specific training in ‘making it’ in the American educational system.
After School Programs
After school programs are very helpful, but for various reasons they are utilized by only a small minority of the students that need it.
What We Believe is an Outstanding Solution:
“Self-Discovery” (which could be called Youth Discovery, or Latino Discovery, or Polynesian Discovery, etc.) is a proposed new in-school class that works a lot like Latinos In Action, but the students spend 100% of their time in class. The in-school portion teaches the youth about life skills, the value of their culture, how to finance college or trade school, FASFA applications, scholarship applications, their unique skills and qualities, the value of being bilingual, highlights in their heritage, giving service, and many other pertinent topics. (See a summary in the proposed Table of Contents, or the TOC Quick Summary.) The class is written specifically for Latinos, but would work for minoritie, and immigrant students. A curriculum is being developed for all grade levels from 8th through 12th.
We are NOT trying to replace Latinos In Action. We love LIA. LIA has many great features, especially social features, that are not provided in the Self-Discovery Class. We want the Self-Discovery Class to supplement LIA and to reach the many students for whom the school district cannot afford to provide LIA. However, the Self-Discovery Class will provide many benefits not provided by LIA, among which is that it will be sufficiently inexpensive that the middle schools and the high schools will be able to afford to offer it to ALL the Latino, Latina, and minority students who want to take it.
The greatest influence of the Self-Discovery class happens at home. Instead of bussing students to an elementary school, the older students are assigned to tutor/mentor their younger siblings, or close relationship children near their home, by:
Students who do not have younger siblings can work with children that are closely related such as cousins or nephews/nieces supervised by the relationship’s parent, tutoring parents, or they can be tutored by older or university students, etc. A large part of the grade is based on the number of minutes per week spent in reading and tutoring.
Feedback we’ve received from Latino students is that it will be difficult to get the high school students to do the tutoring at home. We see this only as a challenge, and hope you will help us with ideas to overcome this obstacle and make it rewarding for the high school student to tutor his/her siblings. Some ideas for motivation and accurate reporting of time spent include:
To develop class spirit the students would have an inexpensive polo shirt with their own logo silkscreened onto it, and they would wear it to school once, or more often, per week
We would like to test the program in the 3 Cache Valley (Utah) High Schools and all the Cache Valley middle schools.
To repeat, the advantages of this program are:
See the latest outline of what we think should be in the class at: www.youthdiscovery.org/ toc-for-dd-class
Detailed Outline (Review and Summary of Above)
Main Situation leading to Drop-Outs
This course can reverse the Drop-Out Trend
How does this course raise self-expectation of the youth?
Tutoring is an Eligibility Requirement
Tutoring and Mentoring
Encouraging ‘Yes, you can’ ‘Si, Se Puede’
The Value of Being Bilingual
III. Class Curriculum Topics
Why Stay in School
Lessons on Integrity focused on students reporting their Tutoring hours honestly
Cross Age Tutoring (From Utah Department of Education)
Tutoring as a mentoring scheme
Tutoring younger siblings
Tutoring and mentoring peer to peer
Being tutored and mentored
Mentoring in your home
Mentoring in your extended family
Mentoring in your community
Lessons on English and Math Tutoring
Lessons on tutoring Spanish (Or another native language.)
Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster Woodbadge Leadership Principles
Lessons 1-11 on the 11 principles of Leadership (Pre 2000 Woodbadge course)
Getting and Giving Information
Understanding Group Needs and Characteristics
Knowing and Understanding Group Resources
Controlling the Group
Setting the Example
Representing the Group
Manager of Learning
Lessons 1-8 on the 8 principles of Leadership in the current Woodbadge course
Coaching and Mentoring
Ethics in Action
Specific Latino Leadership styles outlined by Juana Bordas in “The Power of Latino Leadership”, 14 lessons
Leading Latino Style
Ancient Roots and Mestizo Ancestry
The Latino Legacy in the United States
Personalismo: The Character of the Leader
Conciencia: Knowing Oneself and Cultivating Personal Awareness
Destino: Personal and Collective Purpose
La Cultura: Culturally Based Leadership
De Colores: Inclusiveness and Diversity
Juntos: Collective Community Stewardship
¡ Adalante! Global Vision and Immigration Spirit
Si Se Puede: Social Activism and Coalition Leadership
Gozar le Vida: Ledership0 That Celebrate Life!
Fe Y Esperanza: Sustained by Faith and Hope
Building a Diverse and Humanistic Society
Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
You are unique. (Your personality and background strengthens America.)
Examples of Parents who sacrificed to bring their family here, 5 lessons. Each student interviews his parents and writes a report of their experience and then relates these to the class, 15 examples
Lessons on famous Latinos such as Cesar Chavez, and many other famous and successful American Latinos, and what can be learned from their experiences
Visiting lectures by Latino judges, and successful Latino businessmen, about what it took for them to be successful
Scholarships (Every minority can go to college) (8th Grade)
Scholarships (What scholarships can do for you.) (9th Grade)
Learn about scholarships (10th Grade)
Learn how to apply for scholarships (10th Grade)
Finding scholarships (11th Grade)
Apply for scholarships (11th Grade)
Apply for FASFA Pell Grants (12th Grade)
You can go all the way through college on scholarships.
Preparing for college
Keeping up your GPA (9th Grade)
Preparing for the ACT (11th Grade)
Why go to College (10th, 11th, 12th Grade)
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