Monday, September 19, 2016


"A mentoring program that aims to keep Latino males in school" PBS NewsHour 9/13/2016


SUMMARY:  On college campuses, Latino males are perhaps the most underrepresented group.  These men are often expected to provide for their families, which can mean a choice between getting an education and getting a job.  Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our Rethinking College series on one program that's trying to combat the issue by creating mentorship opportunities.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Now to the second installment of our week-long series on ideas to transform higher education for students and provide new opportunities.

Tonight, Hari Sreenivasan reports why some Latino males are being urged to turn down a job today in favor of four years of college tomorrow.

JUAN LOPEZ, Graduate Student, University of Texas:  The series is called Rethinking College, and it's part of our weekly education coverage, Making the grade.

MAN:  If I can have the mentors on one side and the mentees on another.

HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  Graduate student Juan Lopez wants to bring to college campuses what he sees as largely missing, Latino males.

JUAN LOPEZ:  They're not seen as people who will succeed, especially minority males of color.

I want to go to college.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  So, on this day, Lopez and undergraduates from the university of Texas at Austin are mentoring high school freshman boys as part of an initiative called Project MALES.

JUAN LOPEZ:  Undergraduates mentor high school students.  Graduate students mentor undergraduate students.

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