In late June, The United Way of Central Ohio released its 2016 Champion of Children Report: Voices of Latino Boys, in partnership with The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Community Research Partners.
The report is heavily focused on challenges faced by Latino boys in Central Ohio, particularly those residing in impoverished neighborhoods where, in fact, Latino children are more than 12 times as likely to live than their white counterparts. To accompany the release, the Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a luncheon and panel discussion to elaborate on the report’s findings. Moderated by Delilah Lopez, Director of Champion of Children, the panel featured insight from Ramona Reyes, Director of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center and two Latino teens who reflected on challenges facing youth in their community, and potential solutions.
In addition to poverty, the most prominent challenges faced by Latino youth are language barriers and conflicting cultural expectations. Latino boys and their families would benefit from education surrounding how to access existing resources, as well as community ambassadors to assist with successfully navigating tasks many of us take for granted, such as obtaining a driver’s license. Additional recommendations for successfully supporting Latino boys and their families are included in the full report.
The 2016 Champion of Children Report: Voices of Latino boys is now available for download at http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/my-product/2016-champion-of-children-report-voices-of-latino-boys/.