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Organizational Infrastructure Supporting Latinx Youth Engagement


This practitioner brief offers key organizational infrastructure 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. 

Organizational and program leaders understand both the challenges and strengths of their Latinx youth and families, and make a point of collaboratively working with them to make a positive difference.

Organizational infrastructure matters to sustaining Latinx youth participation over time. To yield results, successful organizational leaders develop and implement flexible policies and practices to facilitate a nimble staff response to Latinx family needs and interests.

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