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Social programs for Latino men fail to include positive cultural values

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There is a need to improve outcomes for Latino boys and men in California’s Central Valley. Less than 26 percent of Latino boys in the Fresno Unified School District were proficient in English and math between 2007 and 2009. Of the 3,650 male juveniles arrested between 2009 and 2010, 60.7 percent were Latino cites a report from the National Latino Fatherhood & Family Institute and the Fresno Regional Foundation.

Despite mountains of programs intended to combat problems such as gang involvement, teen pregnancy, school failure, family erosion and poverty among the Hispanic population, such programs rarely attempt to include positive cultural values, traditions, cultural narratives or the Latino concept of family into their curriculums.

“My work for the past 30 years has convinced me that for healing to occur in Latino communities affected by poverty, crime and despair, men and boys must be reminded to look to their cultural roots. said Jerry Tello, NLFFI founder and 2012 White House “Champion of Change” honoree.

To address these issues, the NLFFI and the Fresno Regional Foundation will hold a “Brown Paper” launch Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon at Arte Americas in Fresno.

The “Brown Paper” focuses on the need for La Cultura Cura — or Cultural-Based Healing as a method for healing and healthy development of Latinos and other populations of color.

La Cultura Cura employs a multi-generational process of learning or remembering true, positive cultural values, principles, customs, and traditions.

Nearly 100 civic-minded individuals and organizational leaders will attend the event.

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