Civic Engagement Among Indigenous Mexican Migrant Youth in the Central San Joaquin Valley: Strategies, Repertoires, and Lessons

Civic Engagement Among Indigenous Mexican Migrant Youth in the Central San Joaquin Valley: Strategies, Repertoires, and Lessons
Organization: 
UC Santa Cruz
Director: 
Jonathan Fox

This participatory action research project documented and analyzed the civic engagement decisions and practices of Mexican indigenous migrant young adults in the central region of the San Joaquin Valley (Madera and Fresno Counties).  Immigrant youth from indigenous families face both challenges and opportunities for civic engagement that are shaped by cultural and linguistic differences that are not addressed in the existing literature on youth civic engagement. A working group of ten community college students and alums from Oaxacan families were trained by UC researchers to lead focus group interviews with other 1.5 and 2nd generation young adults who are civically engaged, including community needs assessments and focus on access to education. The working group and UC researchers then analyzed the findings and presented them to a regional meeting of their counterparts and allies. This pilot project concluded with the dissemination of a bilingual report on lessons learned. The report includes both the focus group results and the deliberations at the regional meeting.

 

CivEng Among IndigMex brochure
Brochure Research Report