ERIC Number: ED390975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado's Youth: A Social and Economic Overview by Ethnicity.
A look at the educational, economic, and family status of Colorado's Latino, African American, and Native American children reveals alarming problems. Latinos comprise the highest percentage of youth in the state and Whites the lowest. Numbers of young people (under age 19) are expected to increase in Colorado by 12% by 2020, but the increase in Asian youth is projected at 100%, while African American youth are expected to increase by 76% and Latino youth by 45%. African American youth are the least likely of Colorado's young people to live in two-parent homes and the most likely to live in homes headed by women. Nearly half of the Latino and African American people in poverty in Colorado are under the age of 18 (47% and 46%, respectively). Student enrollment rates are similar for all ethnic groups in Colorado, although Native American and Latino youth are more likely not to be enrolled or not to have graduated from high school. Latino and Asian youth are more likely to speak a language other than English. White, Latino, and Native American youth are more likely to participate in Colorado's labor force. These facts demonstrate the obstacles to success faced by minority youth in Colorado, where bilingual and bicultural strengths are often dismissed in educational settings. (Contains 2 tables and 5 charts.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Dropouts, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Ethnicity, Family Status, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Poverty, Social Status, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Latin American Research and Service Agency, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado