Inform and advance the Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Program strategy to engage and sustain more Latinos in the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Latino children are descendants of or originally from Central and Latin American countries. Latino children currently account for one-fourth of U.S. children under age 18, and by 2050 they are projected to make up nearly one-third of the child population. Of the 18.2 million Latino children currently living in the United States, 95 percent are U.S.-born citizens (https://www.prb.org/trends-and-challenges-facing-americas-latino-children/)
According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2016, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17.8 percent of the nation’s total population.
Some challenges that the Latino Youth population are facing are poverty, low levels of education and access to health care. Some examples of these challenges are, 1) by 2015, 62% of the Latino youth lived in low-income families. 2) Thirty Five percent of the Latino youth live in single-parent families (2014), 3) Sixty four percent of Latino youth lived with mothers who graduate from high school (compare with 90 white youth), 4) Only 21% of Latino eight graders were proficient or advance in reading, 5) Youth Latinos with no health insurance is around 10% https://www.prb.org/trends-and-challenges-facing-americas-latino-children/