Case Study of the PowerMentor Model for Latino Men Transitioning to College

Case Study of the PowerMentor Model for Latino Men Transitioning to College

Author: 
Kevin M. LaChapelle
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
Latino students have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any minority group, and very few of them likely continue on to college after graduating from high school. The independent exploration period of Latino students after high school may result in the negative mindset of Latino students. The purpose of this qualitative case study research was to identify the influence of the PowerMentor program on male Latino students and their tendency to pursue a college education. The six emergent themes from the interviews of those who completed the program revealed that a negative environment was a main barrier experienced by male Latino students during the transition to college. Meanwhile, those who have not yet attended the program cited lack of supportive parents and families, dedicated mentors and advisors, and financial and personal constraints as barriers to enter college. Finally, those that have attended the program attributed the success to the received proper guidance, encouragement, and valuable relationships. It would be insightful for future researchers to broaden the scope of the study or change the composition of participants to discover whether the program is effective across a wide variety of situations and populations.
Dedication: 
This work is dedicated to all mentors that find the time and commitment to encourage their mentees to excel. My lifelong commitment is to develop and encourage mentors to model positive behavior, connect passionately with their mentee, and involve their mentee in purposeful projects to foster a relationship fueled by positional strength. I dedicate this work to all educators, encouraging them to be change agents; and to my family, especially my mom, who has always believed in me at times, more than I believed in myself.
Acknowledgements: 
I wish to acknowledge the support, guidance, and encouragement I received from my mentors, colleagues, and friends. Your continual confidence in me during my educational journey carried me through. To my mentor and committee members, Dr. Catherine Dikes, Dr. Jaclyn Krause, and Dr. Luciana Crawford-Starks, your input during the various stages of the dissertation was amazing. Thank you for your constructive feedback and help in developing my writing and research skills. To all facilitators at every point of my doctoral journey, you added to my scholarship, research, and leadership skills.