Young men of color encounter challenges and systems that were designed to exclude them. Education is one such system that often prevents minoritized and historically excluded populations from fully achieving their aspirations and true educational potential. This essay illustrates pathways taken by young men of color after high school graduation and exposes deficit narratives that further alienate them. Conversely, it highlights perseverance and different types of capital that uplift and encourage young men of color to resist, persist, and succeed even when the odds are stocked against them. Further, it provides a call to action to empower and uplift our young men of color and to reassure them that even when some people may give up on them, that we are here to carry them through.
Romo, Enrique Ph.D., MBA
"Our youth are our solution, not our problem,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 21:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol21/iss1/5