Radio Forum: Investing in Youth of Color

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Students fill out applications for youth programs in Los Angeles.

Originally aired August 10, 2012

California must reduce the barriers to success for youth of color, according to a new report assessing the bleak prospects facing Latino and African-American boys and young men in the state. These groups make up a disproportionate share of prisoners, school dropouts and the unemployed. We'll discuss the report, which offers policy ideas for improving the lives of young people of color.

Host: Joshua Johnson

Guests:

  • Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, director of education law and policy at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Law and co-author of the report
  • Marc Philpart, senior associate at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity
  • Michael Muscadine, contributed testimony to California Assembly's Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color
  • Rigo "Bubba" Fuentes, contributed testimony to California Assembly's Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color
  • Sandre Swanson, California state assemblymember and head of the Select Subcommittee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, which released the draft

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