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Program Elements for Engaging Latinx Youth and Families


This practitioner brief offers key recommendations that emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth. 

To sustain Latinx youth participation over time, program leaders listen to Latinx youth and family voices, and their experiences inform all aspects of programming. This allows leaders to determine appropriate incentives, tap Latinx community strengths, create meaningful ladders of opportunity, and, most importantly, ensure participants are safe and having fun.

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