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Promoting School Engagement to Reduce Disparities for Mexican American Youth

"Promoting School Engagement to Reduce Disparities for Mexican American Youth"

Abstract: The future well-being of our nation will be heavily influenced by the economic success, educational attainment, and health of the rapidly expanding U.S. Latino population, particularly young Latinos of Mexican origin. However, Mexican American youth face many barriers to success and integration within the U.S. In this talk, I propose that school engagement and the attainment of a high school degree are key targets for social policies and programs to reduce disparities for Mexican American youth. To illustrate, I will present findings from a randomized controlled trial of the Bridges to High School Program, a preventive intervention designed for middle school students in low-income communities, which demonstrated multiple long-term benefits for Mexican American adolescents. I will highlight key family and youth competencies that were targeted, the central role of school engagement, and evidence of differential program response based on acculturation.

Co-Sponsored with the Prevention Research Center

Dr. Gonzales is also presenting the BENNETT LECTURE:

Thursday, December 12, 2013
4:00 p.m., The Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building
"The Role of Culture in Prevention Science: Past Progress and Future Challenges"

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
4:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn, Alumni Lounge