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“I didn’t want my life to be like that”: Gangs, college, or the military for Latino male high school students
Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies (2015)
  • Adrian H. Huerta
Abstract
Nationally, only half of Latino males graduate from high school (Contreras, 2011). Scholars are beginning to critically examine the various internal and external influences which contribute to low academic achievement for Latino males. This qualitative study uses a human ecological theory to examine how Latino male high school students with high academic achievement understand and develop goals to attend postsecondary education versus engaging in gangs or the military. The findings highlight the students’ different levels of college preparation, interactions with military recruitment, and their gang connections.
Keywords
  • Gangs,
  • College Access,
  • Military Recruitment,
  • High School Students,
  • College Counseling
Publication Date
Fall December, 2015
Citation Information
Adrian H. Huerta. "“I didn’t want my life to be like that”: Gangs, college, or the military for Latino male high school students" Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 119 - 132 ISSN: 1549-9502
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/adrianhu/5/