Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Science


Many first-generation, Latino high school youth do not receive enough information about the importance of higher education. These students lack the knowledge of resources and support to continue their education after high school. There is a lack of knowledge amongst first-generation Latino students about the process of applying to schools they could possibly attend after graduation. A recurring obstacle first-generation Latino youth face is the concern of not being able to afford college. First-generation Latino youth may feel they do not fit into the U.S. college culture and therefore do not think of themselves as college-bound or having a higher paying job as a part of their identity. The fifth stage of Eric Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development applies to my project because first-generation Latino adolescents are in search of their identity attempting to answer the question “Who am I?”