ERIC Number: ED328639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Latinos and the Dropout Crisis: The Community Solution.
ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.
ASPIRA is a community-based Hispanic American organization dedicated to improving the economic status of Hispanic Americans by reducing the high school dropout rate. ASPIRA uses the cultural, ethnic, and linguistic affinities of the Hispanic community to work with students through local clubs. The ASPIRA intervention process is based on awareness of community problems and needs; analysis of statistical data to identify causes, effects, and priorities; and action, including programs, services, and advocacy. Clubs composed of Hispanic American high school students offer students opportunities to develop leadership and academic skills in workshops, seminars, and discussion groups. The following national programs are described: (1) the Hispanic Community Mobilization for Dropout Prevention Program is developing dropout prevention demonstration programs in nine cities; (2) the Public Policy Leadership Program provides leadership seminars and community and national internships; and (3) the National Health Careers Program encourages students to enter the medical, dental, and allied health fields. Conducting dropout research is a central feature of ASPIRA's program and an integral part of many projects. Advocacy is also a constant function of all ASPIRA offices. Statistical data are presented in four graphs. Lists of ASPIRA Associates' programs and key ASPIRA research studies are included. (FMW)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Community Organizations, Community Programs, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Research, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Program Descriptions, Urban Programs
ASPIRA Association, Inc., 1112 Sixteenth St. N.W., Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.