ALAS: An Intervention to Promote Career Development Among Latina/o Immigrant High School Students.

Ellen Hawley McWhirter, Bryan O. Rojas-Araúz, Robert Ortega, Darien Combs, Christina Cendejas, Benedict T. McWhirter, Rachel Gali Cinamon, Erin E. Hardin, Hanoch Flum

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This article describes the rationale, development, delivery, and evaluation strategy of a pilot career intervention program for immigrant Latina/o high school students: Advocating for Latina/o Achievement in School. This innovative intervention aims to prevent dropout and to promote academic success and college and career readiness through a combination of academic support and enhancing critical consciousness. Shorter term goals include increasing school-related self-efficacy expectations, school connectedness, school engagement, and critical consciousness. We describe the theoretical and empirical basis for the intervention components, and how they attend to dimensions of immigrant Latina/o students' career development. We describe program logistics, outcomes, strengths, challenges, and lessons learned from delivering the intervention. We highlight unique features of the program and suggest its relevance to career education efforts in other school and national contexts in which immigrant students face racism and inequities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-622
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019


FundersFunder number
Oregon Community Credit Union


    • career intervention
    • critical consciousness
    • high school
    • Latina/o adolescents


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