ALAS: An Intervention to Promote Career Development Among Latina/o Immigrant High School Students

Ellen Hawley McWhirter, Bryan O. Rojas-Araúz, Robert Ortega, Darien Combs, Christina Cendejas, Benedict T. McWhirter
  • Journal of Career Development, February 2019, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0894845319828543

After school intervention for Latinx immigrant youth

What is it about?

"ALAS" is a bilingual after school intervention that provides academic and career exploration support for Latinx immigrant high school students while fostering their critical consciousness. Critical consciousness refers to their awareness of injustice, and motivation and action to make a difference. In this article we provide a rationale for this intervention, and describe the activities, the participants, and the facilitators.

Why is it important?

Immigrant high school students face many challenges, often including but not limited to language barriers, navigating an education system that is unfamiliar to their parents, and racism. ALAS creates a sense of community, provides concrete supports, affirms their strengths and identities, and helps participants advocate for themselves and others to achieve their full potential.

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