SHELDON, Iowa — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and Northwest Iowa Community College are excited to offer local Latino families with the opportunity to take part in Juntos para una mejor educación (Together for a Better Education) in Sheldon beginning Mar. 30.
Juntos is a series of activities for middle school students and their families. The goal of the program is to bring families, schools and community members together to help youth succeed in school and identify paths to higher education.
“The Latino population and school enrollment is increasing, yet the percentage of Latinos with a high school education is lower than the general population in Iowa,” said Lori Hayungs, human sciences specialist in family life with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Research tells us that family, school and community engagement are important to help youth succeed in school. When there is not a history of higher education within a family, or adults in a family have not experienced the United States school system, they may not know how to best support their youth to do well in school or how to access college.”
Northwest Iowa Community College and ISU Extension and Outreach hope to change that through this Juntos partnership.
“Juntos means ‘together’ in Spanish,” said Mackenzie DeJong, human sciences program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Northwest Iowa Community College and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hope to bring together families with school and community resources that will lead to local students’ academic success. We are hoping to have families join us from Sheldon, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Boyden-Hull and other surrounding districts.”
Norma Azpeitia and Sonia Garza Carrizales from Northwest Iowa Community College will serve as facilitators leading the Juntos family sessions.
Any family interested in participating in the Juntos program is encouraged to attend the Juntos Open House on Mar. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Building A on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
“We offer the open house first so that families can find out more information, ask questions and register for the program in-person that night, if they choose to,” DeJong said.
The five-week Juntos session will officially begin Apr. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and continue every Tuesday evening through May 2. Juntos sessions are free to all student and parent participants, and include a free meal. Childcare for younger siblings is also available upon request.
For more information and/or to register for the program, contact Sonia Garza Carrizales at 712-324-5061, extension 268. Registration forms may also be downloaded from http://www.extension.iastate.edu/obrien/news/juntos-para-una-mejor-educacion-offered-local-middle-school-students-and-families.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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