Soledad’s Dream: How Immigrant Youth and a Partnership Build Pathways to Collegea
How do multicultural communities define success for their youth in cultural terms? Evidence from a long–term research partnership with a pre–college program is used to consider the fifth core question of the book. For the children of Mexican immigrants in this study, success meant attaining their own and their families’ dreams of going to college and college–based work. For the program, success meant sustaining program activities, improving effectiveness, and advancing knowledge. In addition to quantitative evidence about participating students’ demographic background, career identities, math pathways, challenges and resources across worlds, longitudinal case studies illuminated the value of capital, alienation, and challenge models in understanding the multiple pathways of immigrant youth. Finally, the chapter considers under what conditions communities see themselves as culturally homogeneous and thus consider diversity as a deficit or threat to overcome, and when communities see themselves as multicultural and seek ways to build more than one successful pathway for their youth.
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