Boys: Introduction (01:47)
Pedro Noguera states that Latinos are the fastest growing population. He believes that education is a means to break the cycle of poverty. Young Latino boys share their expectations.
Eduardo lives in San Diego, Ca. He and his siblings joined a gang; Eduardo expected to be a drug dealer. Noguera discusses the "Latino dropout problem."
Gustavo lives in Griffin, GA. He wants to go to college but is undocumented; he considered dropping out of high school. Patricia Gandara emphasizes the importance of school engagement.
Juan lives in Lawrence, MA. He used school as an escape and tried to distract people from his sexuality; he considered dropping out.
Family Breakdown (04:03)
Eduardo's gang issues began in middle school; preteens often emulate older siblings. Eduardo's father, Fausto came to the U.S. to give his children an education; hard work kept Eduardo's parents away from home.
Gang Family (01:04)
Luis Rodriguez joined a gang at age 11. He discusses key elements that lead to gang involvement.
Entering the U.S. Through the Desert (03:52)
Gustavo recalls coming to the U.S.; he struggled with the language barrier. Gustavo was frustrated at his inability to go to college. His friend recalls learning he was undocumented.
Struggle for Education (01:13)
Advice Columnist Angy Rivera shares her feelings about being undocumented and unable to attend college.
Juan's Challenges in High School (03:15)
Juan and his mother Ana discuss coming to Lawrence, MA. Juan recalls struggling to learn English and "coming out" his freshman year.
Struggle with Sexuality (01:06)
Poet Richard Blanco pretended to be straight and did not connect with his peers in high school.
Eduardo's New Partnership (04:03)
Christopher Yanov introduced Eduardo to a program that helps kids get into college; Eduardo eventually became an employee. After enrolling, Eduardo got into trouble and faced jail time.
Dream Act (03:19)
Gustavo considered dropping out of high school; he was the first of his family to graduate. After high school, he searched for a way to attend college and joined the fight to provide undocumented students with a path to education.
Freedom in Dance (03:31)
Dance helped Juan overcome sad moments and express himself; he created a choreography that expresses his "coming out." Juan had a difficult time telling his mother he was gay.
Finding Confidence with Theater (00:56)
Actor Wilmer Valderrama was bullied in school. Theater helped him find a voice.
Facing Jail Time (04:59)
Eduardo worked hard to get good grades and stay out of jail. He earned a spot in an academic connection program at UCSD. Eduardo studied psychology and helps students in the Reality Changers program.
Finding a Mentor (01:07)
Former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dropped out of high school. He found a mentor, returned to school, and attended college.
Academic Outcasts (03:44)
The Dream Act was defeated in 2010. Freedom University allows undocumented students to have the college experience; Gustavo prepares to attend the school.
Dignity and Education (01:08)
Education correspondent Claudio Sanchez shares the message his mother gave about education.
Contributing to the Community (04:34)
Juan explains why he loves living in Lawrence, MA. He works on a student newspaper promoting positive things in Lawrence. Juan wins a dance competition.
Fighting for Education (03:47)
Eduardo graduated college and helps students in his community. Gustavo encourages students to be active in the Latino community. Juan graduates high school.
Credits: Boys (00:43)
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