The Graduates: Youth Action Guide

Lesson Plans and Film Modules

Students will reflect on their experiences with education, evaluate the opportunities available to them for support and success, and look at a toolbox of strategies youth organizers can access for organizing campaigns for social change.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will investigate how gangs and “street life” create an obstacle to social and academic success and explore some of the factors contributing to young Latinos getting involved in gang activity. They will research organizations to partner with and create a plan for a mentorship program.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will investigate how undocumented immigrant status can create an obstacle to social and academic success. They will create slogans, sketches, and draft ideas for media that will raise awareness around the issue of undocumented youth and the resources available for support, and explore ways to incorporate technology and the internet into media campaign strategies.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will examine how school discipline policies that rely heavily on suspension and expulsion can be an obstacle to student success and explore alternatives, especially peer juries, conflict management, and other youth empowerment models.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will investigate how homelessness can be an obstacle to success for some Latino youth, and examine how technology and social media can be powerful tools for raising awareness and sharing information in a dynamic way.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Students will consider how teen parenting can be an obstacle to Latino youth success, and explore how community events like awareness fairs can be effective ways to outreach, educate, and influence change.

From the film The Graduates/Los Graduados

Community Classroom 7

About this collection

This set of resources is designed to inspire youth leaders to educate, collaborate, and co-create with their peers, their parents, and their communities. Together, they can confront the challenges faced by Latino students and explore organizing strategies that can make a difference. Whether schools are predominantly Latino or not, addressing how to improve academic outcomes for Latino youth will strengthen the entire community and the social and economic future of the nation.

Target Audience: Students: 14 - 18 years; Peer leaders and members of a club, organization, youth council, or campaign — or any youth who want to start one; Teens who are concerned about the quality of their schools and the high dropout rate of Latinos and want tools to help them do something about it; Educators, activists, and leaders who want to involve young people through media, discussion, and action.