Juntos youth and parents find success

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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The Juntos graduating class of 2016 celebrated completion of the Buena Vista County ISU Extension program.

Research shows that Latino youth are at greatest risk for dropping out of school between the 9th and 10th grades. The Juntos (pronounced: who-n-tos and Spanish for “together”) program reduces this risk by bringing together middle school youth and their parents to support each other as they enter high school and prepare together for higher education.

The Juntos program involves partnerships between community- based Iowa State University Extension staff, middle- and high schools, community organizations, community colleges and universities. Juntos assists youth to graduate from high school, as well as pursue and access higher education. The program consists of a series of family workshops, family nights, and links families to more opportunities to strengthen youth’s life skills through Extension 4H youth programs. Topic include:

• Making education a family goal

• Family and school communication

• Requirements for graduation

• Financing higher education

• Applying for college

• Creating an action plan

Parent involvement and academic support is important for youth to succeed in school. Juntos helps parents learn how they can help their children be successful in school, as well as helps parents and youth realize the long-term benefits of graduating from high school and participating in higher education.