Latino Program in Oakland Focuses on Cultural Activities

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The two and a half-year-old Latino Men and Boys Program, run by the Oakland, Calif.-based Unity Council, expanded this past fall to serve 130 youth in five sites, triple its original membership. With a mission to increase high school graduation and career possibilities for young Latinos through connections to positive male role models and culturally relevant programming, the program also added a community-organizing component this year.

“We’re … teaching them how to advocate for their educational future,” with organizing focused around changing the funding formula for public schools, said Paul Flores, manager of the program, which provides health, academic support and character development during the school day, and employment training and cultural activities during out-of-school time.

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