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dc.contributor.authorRendon, Ashley N. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-12T20:12:12Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:16:56Z
dc.date.issued2011-04en_US
dc.identifier.citationRendon, A. N. (2011). Strategies for evaluating and improving Latino youth development programs. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3740
dc.description.abstract

Latino students in the United States are often portrayed in a negative sense: high drop-out rates, low postsecondary education rates, and high crime rates, to name a few. Youth development programs give Latino students an opportunity to build their strengths and leadership skills to give them the motivation they need to overcome such obstacles in their lives. The purpose of this Applied Research Project is threefold. First, it describes the model of a Latino Youth Development Program through a review of literature. Next, it assesses the National Hispanic Institute's Great Debate program using practical ideal type components. Finally, the project provides recommendations based on data collected using focused interviews.

Research on literature pertaining to positive youth development programs shows three major components of what programs should offer to students. The practical ideal model of a Latino youth development program includes providing a sound program structure, individual development for the student, and adult interaction.

Results show that the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) provides students with a sound program structure. NHI also provides students with many opportunities to collaborate with the organization as creators of activities and curriculum for the young leaders program, which in turn seems to strengthen their resiliency and leadership abilities. Based on the model, NHI is in need of improvement in the area of adult interaction. Although there are many opportunities to lead within the organization, students are not given adequate time with their parents, with adult mentors, or even with adults in their communities.

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dc.format.extent56 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2011.
dc.subjectYouthen_US
dc.subjectDevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectAssetsen_US
dc.subjectLatinoen_US
dc.subjectMinorityen_US
dc.titleStrategies for Evaluating and Improving Latino Youth Development Programsen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLongoria, Thomas
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDeSoto, William H.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSkoviera, Ellen
txstate.departmentPolitical Science


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