Research Evidence for the Juntos Program
The program has been held in 47 locations around the US including: Cary, Columbia, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Newton Grove, Oxford, Robins, Siler City, Selma, Wilson, Winston Salem, Yadkinville, and Yancyville. Juntos has served over 600 parents and youth. Since the program is 6 weeks long and each session lasts about 2½ hours in length, and on average families attend 4 out of the 6 sessions, we estimate that participants have spent more than 6000 hours with us (4 sessions X 600 participants X 2½hrs = 6,000 face hours).
One Recent Study of Juntos- http://www.joe.org/joe/2011february/a7.php
Pre- and post-test evaluation data from 134 Latino youth and 176 Latino parents that have completed the program showed significant increases in learning, attitudes, and skills gained. Results from these evaluations using a Wilcoxon sign test have revealed significant mean differences from pre- to post-tests (See Table 1). Parents and youth reported an increased understanding of NC graduation requirements, classes needed, higher education options, financial aid options, and necessary tests. Parents report a significant increase in their monitoring their child’s homework, meeting with school staff, and increased skills and knowledge about the college application process. Youth reported significant increase in their planning for after high school and sharing those goals with their parents.
Table 1. Wilcoxon Pre- and Post-Test Mean Differences for The Juntos Program
In addition to statistics, 92% of parents increased confidence in working with their child’s school and 93% of parents reported that they felt they had the information they needed to help their teenager successfully complete high school. In addition, 72% of participants attended all of the workshop sessions, and more than 60% of the families had a father present. A team of four bilingual educators (with the input of school guidance counselors, school administrators, university recruiters, and other partners) used the results from in-depth pre- and post-test surveys to improve the program content and methodology, with each iteration of the program.
Parents have said:
- “Because of my participation in the Juntos program, I feel better able to ask for help for my child.”
- “I feel better able to find information to help my child get to college.”
- “What I liked most from the Juntos sessions was learning how things are here in NC because things are so different than the systems in our home countries.”