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Connecting Youth in Montgomery County to Opportunity

Connecting Youth in Montgomery County to Opportunity

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A new reporter shows Latino youth in Montgomery County, Maryland, are being left behind.
A new reporter shows Latino youth in Montgomery County, Maryland, are being left behind.

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Commissioned by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Conceived and written by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Identity, Inc. Researched by Identity, Inc.
June 2014
CONNECTING YOUTH TO OPPORTUNITY:
HOW LATINO YOUTH PERSPECTIVES CAN INFORM A BLUEPRINT FOR IMPROVING OPPORTUNITY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
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How Latino Youth Perspectives Can Inform a Blueprint for Improving Opportunity in Montgomery County, Maryland
CONNECTING YOUTH TO OPPORTUNITY:
This publication was commissioned by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Conceived and written by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Identity, Inc. Researched by Identity, Inc.The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Identity, Inc. would also like to give special acknowledgment to the individuals and organizations that contributed to this report, including C. Marie Henderson, Lee Christian Parker, and Jenny Towns of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, for their thoughtful input and guidance during the planning and execution; and Diego Uriburu and Candace Kattar for their leadership on the research and devel-opment of the report. For serving as the stellar research team whose assistance and participation made this project possible, we thank:Dr. Micahel Paolisso, University of Maryland, College Park, MarylandDr. Daniel Arretche, External Evaluation ConsultantMs. Tatiana Murillo, Identity, Inc. For administering the 960 surveys, we thank our outstanding team of youth:Jocelyn BautistaAnthony CanoFrancisco CartagenaJorge DuarteRodrigo FuentesJose LovosAdoni RodriguezKelly TorresYeny VicenteFinally, we thank the 960 youth who took the time to complete a survey. Their candor, which is captured in the data analysis contained in this report, will hopefully lead to action by Montgomery County to stem the flow of disa
ection by so many of our Latino youth. 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
How Latino Youth Perspectives Can Inform a Blueprint for Improving Opportunity in Montgomery County, Maryland
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD
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CONTENTS
Leading Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Recommendations ........................................................................................6Analysis of Factors That May Predict Latino Youth Becoming Disconnected From the School System ............10Socio-demographics of Surveyed Youth....................................................................14Youth Perspective WILSON .................................................................................................16Family Life Among Latino Youth in Montgomery County.....................................................17Barriers to Academic Success..............................................................................19Youth Perspective JOSE ....................................................................................................24The E
ect of the Toxic Mirror............................................................................25Social Exclusion Following Disconnection..................................................................27Youth Perspective ANNA ...................................................................................................28Disconnection in a Skilled Labor Market....................................................................29Purpose of the Study .....................................................................................31Methodology ............................................................................................32The Surveys .............................................................................................33Community Foundation for the National Capital Region .....................................................34Identity, Inc. ............................................................................................34

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