Juntos: Together for a Better EducationJuntos: Together for a Better Education

Juntos (pronounced “Who-n-toes”) means “Together” in Spanish and works empower Latino youth by bringing together parents, youth, school staff and community partners to promote academic success and explore possible paths to highter education. Research shows that Latino youth are at greatest risk for dropping out of school between the 9th and 10th grades. The Juntos Program reduces this risk by bringing together cohorts of 7th and 8th grade youth to support each other for 3-5 years as they enter high school and prepare together for higher education. The multifaceted partnerships between Extension’s 4-H and Human Science specialists, school and college administrators and staff, and other community volunteers are what makes the Juntos Program a sustainable success in many communities across the US.


Our Components

The Juntos Program is an intensive long-term program made up of four components:
  • First, youth and families come together for 5 consecutive weeks for the Juntos Family Workshop Series and then continue to meet bi-monthly to make college a realistic family goal.
  • Second, youth participate in afterschool 4-H Club meetings held twice a month focusing on academic success, citizenship and leadership.
  • Third, youth meet biweekly during school hours with a one-on-one Success Coach who helps them remediate academic deficiencies, learn study habits, and work towards their academic and personal goals.
  • Fourth, as Juntos youth get into high school they take part in field trips to colleges and other events like the 4-H Youth Leadership Summit.


Our Objectives

  • to increase youth’s abilities to succeed in high school, to discover the benefits of higher education, and to become aware of how to attain a college education
  • to expand family-school-college partnerships and capacity in Iowa to help Latino youth graduate from high school and eventually college
  • to help Latino families and community members to come together as a support group to help each other realize their desires to get a higher education


Upcoming Events

The next Middle School workshop series will be held Fall 2018.

Juntos handout featuring Muscatine and Polk County

For more information on the Juntos Project in Muscatine County please contact Aracely Martinez or Krista Regennitter, or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County office at 563-263-5701.

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