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- Daily Free Press:
Struggles and success for Boston Latinos
Over the past 10 years, the Latino population nationwide has nearly doubled, and Massachusetts' Latino population has grown similarly. But as the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Latinos in Boston, as in other parts of the country, are at a crossroads.
Giovanna Negretti, executive director of Oiste, the Massachusetts Latino Political Organization, said it is increasingly difficult for Latinos to become successful, largely due to educational barriers. The percentage of Latinos attending college is low, not only because of the financial burden, but because of the lack of a support network for students, Negretti said. Often students cannot graduate from high school, or they graduate with a poor education, because parents who are working two jobs and are illiterate can't support their children, Negretti explained.