At 17 percent of the population, Latinos make-up the largest minority in the United States. Latino youth under the age of 18 represent 25 percent of the nation’s child population. Within the next 20 years, one in three American youth will be Latino. It is hard to deny how critical young Latinos are to the future of the U.S.
At 17 percent of the population, Latinos make-up the largest minority in the United States. Latino youth under the age of 18 represent 25 percent of the nation’s child population. Within the next 20 years, one in three American youth will be Latino. It is hard to deny how critical young Latinos are to the future of the U.S. It is difficult to ignore these numbers in terms of the implications for America’s future. It is not unreasonable to reach the conclusion, irrespective of political affiliation, that upon a fair minded analysis, the educational achievement gap is not only a Latino Education Crisis, but a national crisis.
Viewed as a national priority, OjoOido focuses on a sustainable, replicable and scalable platform for Latino students to have access to a holistic student development pedagogy. OjoOido is leading the way as we enter a new era of multidisciplinary collaboration so that our Latino youth can identify, understand and integrate the influences of their personal, cultural, and social environment. This will help them develop a deep substantive understanding of education and in turn, allow them to overcome the obstacles in their path to success.
OjoOido has added a Latino Role Model Autobiography Essay Series to its multimedia website study skill curriculum. An autobiographical essay is a written record of a person’s life. OjoOido has launched an autobiographical essay series whereby it asks its OjoOido Role Models to write a short essay that tells an instructive story about an incident in their life that was challenging, but educationally beneficial.
The autobiographical essays send a direct message about overcoming obstacles. OjoOido Role Models have “been there, done that,” so to speak, and aspiring students can SEE, HEAR AND LEARN how the authors overcame obstacles. OjoOido Latino Role Models are those who have met the following OjoOido Tripartite Standard of Excellence:
2. The OjoOido Role Model serves as a symbol of achievement.
3. The OjoOido Role Model must be an individual that can provide educational services.
OjoOido Latino Role Models are people who have made it a priority to develop and sustain self-awareness by humbly and continuously studying and thinking about WHAT allowed/allows their elusive success. This approach allows OjoOido Latino Roles Models to directly and concretely address and convey to Latino students the mindsets they adopted toward constructing and achieving goals. Latino youth, and for that matter, all people—young and old—admire those whom show them that success is possible.
Not surprisingly, at least among Latino students and other minority students, Latino Role Models represent unquestionable result oriented, data-based evidence that you can see and hear; and therefore, objectively conclude that they can learn to believe in themselves. In fact, Latino Role Models exemplify and inculcate self-efficacy, the ability to believe in oneself. It is this sentiment, belief in oneself, that is overwhelmingly lacking in the collective consciousness of our Latino youth, and other minority youth, in American Public Schools. American Public Education has failed and is failing miserably to create and nurture the most fundamental human element in learning for its minority student-citizens, self-esteem.
Providing Latino Youth Latino Role Models: 24/7
With a focus on a sustainable, replicable and scalable platform for Latino students to have access to a holistic student development pedagogy, OjoOido strives to help Latino children learn and grow in ways that bring Latino Role Models into their lives. Such role models authentically establish respectful rapport and effectively communicate that they genuinely view students as active learners and achievers who can accomplish goals through committed hard work and perseverance. It is through this engagement that allows Latino students to actually be exposed to real life experiences of those individuals who they identify with. Students can see, hear and learn from specific activities or experiences that do not merely inspire, but rather compel them to take action to cultivate certain qualities and develop the skills, abilities, and motivation that can enable their personal transformation. Seeing others like them accomplish academic and career goals simply opens the students’ hearts, minds and spirit to accepting 1) responsibility for their own learning and 2) the most difficult truth: commitment to believing in oneself is a foundational prerequisite to overcome life’s obstacles.