ERIC Number: ED374203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Speaking Out Loud: Conversations with Young Puerto Rican Men.
Perez, Sonia M.; Cruz, Steven
The combination of poverty, inadequate attention, and the difficult period of young adulthood has serious implications for young Puerto Rican men. To draw attention to their strengths, needs, and status, the National Council of La Raza Poverty Project conducted a two-year community-based study on young Puerto Rican men and family poverty. This report presents study findings, research highlights, and suggested policy actions based on interviews with social-services workers and focus groups conducted with 44 young Puerto Rican men. The research indicates that low education and high unemployment are critical factors in Puerto Rican male status and family poverty. Insufficient adult guidance, single-parent families, and lack of services, including relevant educational opportunities, were cited by participants as contributing to difficulties. Focus-group participants faced multiple barriers to employment and poor work prospects. Recommendations include local and public policy initiatives. Four graphs illustrate the group's status. Four appendixes provide details about study methodology and summaries of activities of community-based organizations. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Equal Education, Hispanic Americans, Males, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Poverty, Public Policy, Puerto Ricans, Young Adults
National Council of La Raza, Publications Department, 810 First Street, N.E., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.