The Role of School and Community-Based Programs in Aiding Latina/o High School Persistence

Donna M. Harris, Judy Marquez Kiyama

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This study documents the important role school and community-based programs have for sustaining the persistence of Latina/o high school students in an urban, low achieving school district. Consensus among student participants revealed these programs provided a safe space where students were able to develop confianza (mutual trust) with caring adults. Safe spaces were also culturally and linguistically affirming where students could be themselves. Adults associated with these programs served as institutional agents who helped students address personal and school barriers, which allowed students to successfully negotiate within schools. Without these community and school-based programs and the supports available through them, students indicated they would leave their respective high schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-206
Number of pages25
JournalEducation and Urban Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 24 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Latina/o students
  • community programs
  • high school persistence
  • school programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies


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