Learn about the Juntos Program

November 14, 2018

Juntos is a new college and career readiness program happening at both Columbus High School and Lakeview Community Schools.

The Juntos (pronounced “Whoon-toes”) program was created by North Carolina Extension and has spread across the country through Extension professionals and the 4-H program. The mission of the Juntos program is to help Latino students achieve high school graduation and attend higher education. Juntos means “Together” in Spanish and works to unite community partners to provide Latino eighth-12th-grade students and their parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent youth from dropping out of school and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college. The Juntos Family Engagement series span a four to six week period and is delivered in Spanish. The family engagement workshops also feature a light meal and childcare for younger siblings while older students and parents participate in the college readiness curriculum and activities.

After becoming trained by Extension Professionals to facilitate the program in December 2017, representatives from both Columbus Public School and Lakeview Community Schools implemented the program. The middle school family workshop series was held in the spring 2018 and the high school family workshop series was held in October 2019. Both workshops series were held at each respective school. At the most recent high school workshop series, session topics included: making education a family goal, family and school communication, requirements for graduation, how to finance higher education, applying for college and creating a plan of action.

Since the program was implemented in early 2018, over 35 families have participated in the program. Through teamwork and leadership from both Columbus Public School and Lakeview Community School staff, families reflected on their learning experience with appreciation and a positive outlook for their children’s ability to attend college.

Jill Goedeken is a 4-H and youth development extension educator with Nebraska Extension in Platte County, Nebraska. For more information, contact her at jgoedeken2@unl.edu or 402-563-4901.

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