Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group, with a projected growth of nearly 40 percent over the next two decades. While Latino children account for the second largest group of students in the nation’s schools, 25 percent have less than a ninth grade education. Today the Latino high school dropout rate stands at 40 percent — four times higher than non-Hispanic whites. Nearly half of Latino students leave school by the eighth grade and more than 88 percent of Hispanics do not possess a bachelor’s degree.
While these statistics paint a challenging picture for the Latino community, they also threaten the success of our nation. At least one out of every two workers entering the U.S. labor force in 2025 will be of Hispanic descent. By 2030, if projections hold, over 50 percent of the Latino population will be under 24 years of age. As a Latino student, it is essential that you earn a high school diploma and gain the skills to succeed in college and the workplace.
Through our nationally recognized and award-winning leadership development programs and resources like this directory, CHCI helps students find the financial support and hands-on experience necessary to complete their education and move on to successful careers. There are no limits to what our nation’s growing young Latinos can achieve. We hope this unique and comprehensive directory helps you on your pathway to success!