Date

12-2021

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Phyllis Katz

Abstract

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is established in the state of California to serve primarily low-income individuals and farmworkers in rural areas. English learner students, in South Monterey County esp. San Ardo & San Lucas Elementary, are not receiving the high-quality education they deserve. Latinx parents in rural areas such as South Monterey County are unaware of where to seek legal assistance for their children’s education. In return, the education system fails English learner students, and they do not succeed in school. Furthermore, Prop 227 in California made it harder for English learner students to succeed by eliminating bilingual education. The students end up dropping out of school, do not proficiently learn English, and end up in low-wage paying occupations. Most parents are unaware of CRLA’s education services. With the help of outreach, parents can be made aware of where to seek assistance if they are not satisfied with their children’s education decisions. Outreach is effective because it addresses a target population. Weekend outreach events are successful because working parents have a higher chance of attending. CRLA can continue to host outreach events on weekends in rural areas where underrepresented communities such as Latinx can be made aware of services available to advocate for their children’s education.

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