Latina girls often drop out of school because they don’t see that they can ever go to college. They also leave school because they marry or have a child.
But when parents—especially mothers—encourage Latina girls to do well, they do stay in school. Here are some ways to encourage these students:
• Let girls as well as boys know that education is important. Most good jobs require education beyond high school.
• Insist that girls as well as boys take advanced classes. Algebra and science classes are very important.
• Encourage girls as well as boys to join at least one school club or activity. Teens who feel a part of the school are more likely to finish.
• Help girls learn about successful Latina women. Some schools offer mentor programs that help girls learn about jobs.
• Encourage girls not to be sexually active. If your daughter does get pregnant, help her stay in school. Young mothers often say they’ll come back to school later. They almost never do.
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