Welcome to our new interactive space for encouraging constructive exchange by and about Latino Men and Boys (LMB). Our goal in supporting this jointly-hosted electronic forum is to advance first-voice, creative exchanges on issues and opportunities that especially affect Latino males ages 16-30, read more…

For decades, California’s social, economic and political landscape has produced large numbers of Latino young men and boys whose normal and healthy development has been stifled, if not suspended. Beginning with their early experiences in families that often are under severe economic (and, owing in many instances to non-citizenship status, political) hardship, most of these young Americans face great disadvantages before they even have the opportunity to reach adulthood, read more…

To advance this work, we urge you to participate and engage! We will provide periodic updates and expert commentaries, interviews, and documentary content to build on and complement your own inputs, read more…

Why Focus on Young Men and Boys? 

We are concerned about ensuring the success of all young Latinos in American society, male and female. We are aware that Latina Americans face their own formidable and unique challenges in American culture and economy. And we intend to direct focus to those important issues in downline aspects of our planned future work. However, we begin our survey of minority youth issues with this focus on Latino Young Men and Boys for certain key reasons, read more…

Knowing Our History to Know Who We Are

This webspace is additionally intended to ground current discussion about the Latino male identity and pathways forward in American society in a broader understanding and appreciation of Latino history, read more…

Overcoming Disparity: Latino Young Men and Boys – Book Series

The Overcoming Disparity Project is rooted in a three book series outlining the social and economic disparities faced by Latino young men of color and provides strategies to increase their ability to lead healthy and successful lives. Based on the culturally grounded model called La Cultura Cura, the practices outlined in these volumes emphasize Chicano/Latino history and use of cultural expression to heal, educate, create self-awareness, and inform the development of comprehensive community strategies, systems change, and public/private alignment to advance socially-focused ventures that encourage youth and community development.

The book series includes: Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice and Overcoming Disparity. The team of Author/Editor, Frank de Jesús Acosta and Co-Editor, Henry A.J. Ramos also offer a related Arte Público Press publication, The History of Barrios Unidos.

Click on each cover below to learn more about the three book series. 

Latino Young Men and Boys, In Search of Justice, Testimonies (December 2015) Overcoming Disparities, Profiles in Best Practice (March 2016) The History of Barrios Unidos, Healing Community Violence, Cultura Es Cura (originally published in May 2007)