Dependent Upon Latinos’ Academic Success

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Time.com has a fascinating piece on “The Education Crisis Everyone is Ignoring.” In the article they detail the many reasons why the future of the U.S. is tied to the success of Hispanic and Latino students. As they go in school, so goes the country.

We’ve seen the same to be true in our Destino movement.

One of the most significant changes we’ve had to make to our discipleship structure is including academic mentoring. We’ve done trainings like “┬┐Como Que Failing?” for incoming freshmen. This fall we’re instituting mandatory study halls for our leaders. We’re brainstorming other ways to help our students.

Our ability to succeed as a movement depends on Latino college students succeeding in college. If they are not doing well academically, then we are failing them as a ministry. If they struggle to succeed in the classroom, they won’t be able to effectively lead a movement to reach their peers.

Over the past few years our some of our top student leaders have failed out of school. We failed them by not helping them more to succeed.

It begs the question, “For the sake of the future of your movement, what are you putting in place to help Hispanic and Latino college students succeed academically?” Answer that well and you’ll have done a major favor to your students and your movement.

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Posted on June 8, 2011

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A white guy who believes Latinos will change the world, Destinoeric served with Destino from 2008-2013. You can read more of his posts here or on twitter.

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