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Journal Issue: When School Is Out Volume 9 Number 2 Fall 1999

Cultural Brokers: Helping Latino Children on Pathways Toward Success
Catherine R. Cooper Jill Denner Edward M. Lopez


Latino children in elementary and middle school not only experience developmental changes and confront the risks and adventures held by neighborhoods, they must also juggle the values and expectations of two cultures as they navigate their own pathways toward success. Integrating the results of a series of studies focused on the children of Mexican-American immigrants in California, this article discusses ways that teachers, parents, siblings, and program staff can help young Latino students succeed in U.S. schools and live according to their parents' values.