By Efrain Nieves
The million dollar question is, who is helping our Puerto Rican youth? I have read 3 articles stating a high percentage of Puerto Ricans between the ages of 16-24 living in New York are dropping out of school, not registering for college and are unemployed. In fact, Puerto Ricans rate lower than any other Latino ethnic group in the city.
An article in The Epoch Times titled Report Points to Disparity in Puerto Rican Community states “groups plan to start a new campaign called “Pa’lante Boricua,” or “Moving Forward,” to call on government officials and the Puerto Rican community to direct resources to programs and services to reduce disparities.” Let’s help these groups get the resources needed to help our youth.
Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Rosie Mendez were at city hall Sunday supporting services for the Puerto Rican youth. They are examples of leaders getting involved and we need more like them to speak out for our youth. But not all Puerto Ricans leaders will confess to the truth. Last year WNYC’s Marianne McCune interviewed Angelo Falcon of the National Institute for Latino Policy saying, “even some Puerto Rican leaders don’t want talk about Puerto Rican poverty.”
I can understand our Leaders focusing on the bigger picture, but the bigger picture holds no value when it is viewed through a small window. Pa’lante!
Report Shows Plight of Puerto Rican Youth: nytimes.com
Puerto Ricans in New York Face Persistent Struggles: nyc.org
New York City’s Future Looks Latino (PDF): cssny.org
Report Points to Disparity in Puerto Rican Community: theepochtimes.com
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