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Undocumented Students Can: A Program to Increase Parent Awareness, Involvement, and Educational Opportunities for Latino Undocumented Students in Secondary Education
ABSTRACT Undocumented Students Can: A Program to Increase Parent Awareness, Involvement, and Educational Opportunities for Latino Undocumented Students in Secondary Education By Laura Faviola Jose Master of Science in Counseling, School Counseling Latino immigrant families have been known to encounter a great number of barriers that preclude them from becoming engaged in their children's education (Deslandes & Bertrand, 2005). Since parental involvement has shown to be a positive contributor for student academic achievement, it is essential that school officials, such as school counselors, inform parents about its importance (Lefevre & Shaw, 2012). Additionally, many Latino immigrant families do not always receive pertinent information regarding the educational opportunities available to undocumented students because of these barriers (Chrispeels & Rivero, 2003). The aim of this project is to create a program composed of a series of workshops that will not only inform parents about the importance of parental involvement and higher education, but to also inform parents and students about the educational opportunities available to undocumented immigrant students in the pursuit of higher education.