Today The Community Foundation for the capital region and the youth advocacy group Identity will present a report on the factors that disconnect young Latinos from the school system and the labor market in Montgomery County.
Latinos now make up a quarter of Montgomery County's youth population, which means that the county has a vested interest in their future success. Of the hundreds of Latino youngsters surveyed, there are higher dropout and unemployment rates says Marie Henderson, head of the Community Foundation.
"I was most surprised by one of the findings that talked about how teacher expectations impacted student achievement. Many of the students reported that many of the teachers had low expectations of their achievements and thus they performed poorly," Henderson says.
Stefanny Aramayo was one of the respondents: "All my teachers were putting me down and telling me I wasn't going to graduate."
Aramayo did graduate from high school and college and is now pursuing her masters in social work. She credits her success to youth counselors and after school programs. The report says Montgomery County needs more teachers counselors and programs including vocational training that will help disconnected youngsters.
Connecting Youth in Montgomery County to Opportunity