Sociedad Latina’s Pathways to Success model achieves positive outcomes for youth from all gender backgrounds, but we recognize the need to create space for gender-specific spaces and activities to meet the specific needs of our young men and women.
For Our Young Men
- Sociedad Latina currently participates in the National Council of La Raza's Men of Action initiative, the Mayor's Mentoring Movement, the Black & Latino Collaborative and the White House's My Brothers’ Keeper Initiative. This year, we've partnered with Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology to launch a Men of Action group and with the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) to create a Young Men's Action Group.
- Sociedad Latina served on the Advisory Committee for “Opportunity and Equity: Enrollment and Outcomes for Black and Latino Males in Boston Public Schools,” a 2014 report by Boston Public Schools (BPS) on how to address persistent disparities in access, opportunity and achievement for Black and Latino young men. Read the report here.
- Sociedad Latina was one of five organizations nationally invited to share our best practices at a June 2014 Congressional Briefing on “Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity.” Our Pathways to Success model was featured as a best practice in the resulting policy brief published by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Read more here.
For Our Young Women
- Sociedad Latina's programming for girls and young women has been recognized by local and national funders as effectively expanding opportunities and improving outcomes, especially for young Latinas. In 2015-2016, the support of the American Association of University Women, Anna B. Stearns Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies - The Miriam Fund and National Council of La Raza will allow us to continue to expand our girls programs.
- In June, 15 young women in our STEM mentoring program graduated from high school and are currently pursuing postsecondary college and career plans. In the fall, 13 young women will attend colleges such as Bunker Hill Community College, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Fisher College. Several of these young women plan to pursue STEM education pathways including nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy. Two young women will be moving on to careers including full-time employment at New England Baptist Hospital.