What factors contribute to the success and failure of Latino community outreach programs? : a review of the Mother-Daughter Program at La Plaza : [an honors thesis] (HONRS 499)
The Mother-Daughter Program (MDP) at La Plaza, Inc. has provided meaningful support for the academic and personal development of Latina girls in grades six through nine in schools around the metro area of Indianapolis. La Plaza is a not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of the rapidly growing Latino community in this area. Now in its tenth year of existence, the MDP coordinator has sought input to enhance the program's quality and to increase participation for the future. This service-learning project is an internal report compiled for La Plaza that investigates the current attitudes of the participants of MDP, the strengths and challenges of the program, and recommendations for future. In close collaboration with the current MDP coordinator, the research findings are based on interviews with current and past program coordinators, participant surveys, one-on-one interviews with students and parents, site visits to one school offering the MDP, and an examination of other Mother-Daughter Programs in the United States. The result is an internal report with five recommendations for the program's future. An appendix with IRB certification, interview transcripts, and actual surveys and a critical reflection paper about my personal growth and academic and civil learning are also included as a part of this' project.