Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education)

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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.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday evenings, March 26, April 2, 9, 16 and 23; 5:30-8:00pm
 Together for A Better Education

Workshop Topics

  • 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
Youth who do not complete high school present a significant cost to the state of Iowa. They will:
  • 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)

Facilitation Training

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.

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