Welcome: Andrea Robles, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Manager, AmeriCorps
Introductory Remarks: Amy Ramos, Ph.D., Senior Research Consultant, Harder+Company Community Research
- Suzanne Pritzker, Ph.D., and Team, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, University of Houston
- Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D., and Team, Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University San Marcos
- Victor García, Ed.D., Director, California Campus Catalyst Fund, Immigrants Rising
- Angelica Razo, Texas Director, Mi Familia Vota
Q&A Discussion: Andrea Robles, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Manager, AmeriCorps
How do we ignite volunteering and participation of Latinx youths, adults, and seniors? What are the benefits of civic engagement for Latinx youth, adults, and seniors and for their communities?
Join AmeriCorps’ Office of Research and Evaluation and our research grantees from the University of Houston and California State University San Marcos as they discuss their studies and experiences on these topics. Spanish and English captions will be available.
Dr. Suzanne Pritzker and her team will highlight a youth-focused participatory research project focused on engaging youth voice to expand understanding of how Latinx teenagers perceive influences on their civic engagement. Guided by a team of youth co-researchers (“Youth Experts”), this project explores how the Latinx youth in our study describe their life experiences and interactions with various systems in their lives as both supports and hindrances to participation in shaping their communities and the broader society.
Dr. Marisol Clark-Ibáñez and her team will describe two programs, Cultivando Liderazgo (Cultivating Leadership) and Cultivando Sabiduría (Cultivating Wisdom), created to honor and further ignite civic engagement in low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinx adults, families, and elders. They will share the popular education pedagogical approach and culturally-validating curriculum which engaged hundreds of Latinx program participants. The team will share research on the participants’ increased civic engagement and community leadership. In addition, they will provide recommendations and free resources to help others cultivate meaningful and sustained civic engagement with Latinx communities.