Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education)
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) 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.
- 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. Watch the Juntos overview to learn more about the program in Iowa.
After participating in Juntos, parents:
- felt more confident working with their child’s school
- increased monitoring of their youth’s homework
- improved communication with their youth about school, college or other future plans
- gained knowledge about multiple ways to save and finance their child’s college education
- cost the state $87 million in reduced state tax revenues over their lifetime
- cost the state over $1.8 million per year in additional welfare costs
- face higher unemployment, have increased health issues, and in Iowa are incarcerated at a rate10 times greater than that of the cohort population (Veale, 2009)
Are you interested in helping students succeed in school and increasing the number of Latino youth going to college? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers facilitator training to prepare individuals to implement Juntos in their community.
Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education) curriculum was developed by North Carolina State University Extension.
Changing Iowa Demographics
Latinos in Iowa
- The Latino population is expected to increase from 178,620 (5.7% of the state’s total population) in 2015 to 441,049 in 2050 (12.9% of the state’s total population).
- Latino enrollment between the 1999-2000 and 2015-2016 school year increased by 231.7%.
- Hispanic Enrollment in Iowa Schools
For more information about Juntos, contact a member of our leadership team: