Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of



Paul R. Springer

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Published in Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal 37:3 (March 2009), pp. 310–328; doi 10.1177/1077727X08330669 Copyright © 2009 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; published by Sage Publications. Used by permission.


Results from the 2000 United States census highlighted that the Latino population had exceeded the African American population as the largest U.S. minority group. Furthermore, during the past 20 years, migration patterns for Latino families have spread throughout the West, Midwest, and South and not merely in the border states. To meet the rising educational and human service needs, professionals have sought to develop programs that are effective at helping the Latino populations. This article presents a theoretical model for engaging Latinos in family and consumer science education and outreach programs. The model was designed for family and consumer science educators and draws from both the education and human service literature. A case study is used to outline the application of the model and suggestions for implementation are described.