Juntos Empowers Families
Culturally Relevant Education Proves Impactful
Juntos, meaning “together” in Spanish, is an OSU Open Campus program that empowers Latino youth to finish high school, and equips them with the tools, inspiration, and opportunity to pursue higher education.
This program has helped hundreds of students set a new course for themselves and their families. Juntos provides middle and high school workshops, campus visits, financial aid help, ongoing support, and many other resources.
Juntos empowers youth to achieve their goals
Coordinator José García, pictured below, tells a story of a McMinnville student from a single-parent family that felt lost heading out of high school. He had no plan, yet felt the weight of the tremendous responsibility to guide his younger siblings and help support his household. This is one of predicaments many Oregon Latino youth live with everyday.
Through Juntos, this student now has a plan to support his passion, and is a role model for his siblings to have the same. Today, he has graduated high school and is starting college soon, driven to become a law enforcement officer.
This is just one student among the 2,500 Oregon families whose lives and futures have been transformed by the Juntos program. These families already have the drive to achieve – Juntos just provides a bridge.
Juntos encourages school success and career readiness
In coordination with schools, Juntos offers middle and high school students the tools necessary for educational success. From workshops and mentoring to family nights and college visits, families receive ongoing support and are equipped with resources to achieve their goals.
Juntos responds to community needs
OSU Juntos was created in 2012 to improve access to educational opportunities. Since its launch, Juntos has become a leader in providing resources for academic success and removing barriers to education.
Through culturally relevant programming, Juntos supports Latino families and students in their pursuit of high school completion and college access. Uniting the community and focusing on family involvement promotes a solid foundation for academic success, inspiring students to meet their educational goals.
Juntos continues to grow
What began with a few families in one small Oregon community has expanded into a thriving support system, positively impacting more than 2,500 students and parents. Today, 33 schools and 23 communities across Oregon have the opportunity to participate in Juntos.
In the last five years, high school drop-out rates have significantly decreased while college acceptance rates continue to grow among Latino youth. With a 100 percent high school graduation rate for Juntos participants, and post-secondary participation at 92 percent, Juntos helps lay the groundwork for a sustainable community led by thriving, self-sufficient Oregonians.
Join us in our mission to promote student success. With your financial support, Juntos will impact more Oregon families and communities. Together, we can nurture and grow the Oregon we all cherish and love.
To support Juntos and help close the achievement gap, contact Ana Gomez, firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate today!