New Report Outlines Challenges Faced by Latino Youth in Montgomery County

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There are over 25,000 young people across our region who are disconnected from either school or the labor market – and in some cases, both. Today, The Community Foundation and Identity, Inc. issued a study and report entitled Connecting Youth to Opportunity: How Latino Youth Perspectives Can Inform A Blueprint For Improving Opportunity In Montgomery County, MarylandLatinos and other Hispanics now represent nearly one-fifth of the population of the County. Clearly, this has implications for our schools, as Latinos/Hispanics make up more than one quarter of the total student body enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This all-new research study is based on a survey of more than 900 Latino youth in Montgomery County, and identifies an array of key indicators that could serve to inform whether or not students are becoming disengaged in school, have the potential to drop out, or may fail to find a job once they leave school.

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By asking young people to tell us in their own words why they’re disconnected – rather than relying solely on the perspectives of the adults involved – we have created a new blueprint for improving opportunities for Latino youth, one that gets to the core of the challenges facing our young people and the solutions we must undertake to address them. To that end, the recommendations outlined in the report rely on committed collaboration across the public and private sectors. We are confident that together, we can move the needle for these young people.

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The Connecting Youth to Opportunity Montgomery Fund is dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities outlined in this report. Every donation – large or small – helps us connect young people to opportunities. Join us.