The Graduates / Los Graduados

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This collection can be used to support viewing of the documentary, The Graduates/Los Graduados, by Bernardo Ruiz, while engaging students in discussions about the struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the U.S. and the challenges faced in the American public education system. The lessons and discussions also provide important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. This collection is designed to inspire youth leaders to educate and collaborate with their peers, their parents, and their communities. Together, they can help remove challenges faced by Latino students and explore strategies that can make a difference.  

  • The Graduates | Youth Action Guide

    The guide is designed to inspire youth leaders to educate, collaborate, and co-create with their peers, their parents, and their communities. Together, they can help remove challenges faced by Latino students and explore organizing strategies that can make a difference. The guide lays out six overarching themes in the stories of the six Latino students in the film. It provides youth-focused activities and discussions to deepen context and understanding of the issues in each of these stories, to be facilitated by youth leaders as a way to mentor and inspire others to learn more about the issues facing Latino youth and take action.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Graduates | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in The Graduates, a film about the struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the U.S. and the challenges faced in the American public education system. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We provide suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online. We also provide valuable resources, and connections to organizations that are fighting to make a difference.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Juan's Story: Bullying | The Graduates Film Module

    This film module spotlights Juan’s story and the value of arts programs in building self-esteem and community. Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Gustavo's Story: Undocumented Status | The Graduates Film Module

    This film module spotlights Gustavo's story, and how he is working to overcome the barriers to education caused by his undocumented status. Students will see how undocumented immigrant status can create an obstacle to social and academic success.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Eduardo's Story: Street Life Intervention | The Graduates Film Module

    This film module spotlights Eduardo's story, and how he is breaking the cycle of gang involvement through mentoring.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Stephanie's Story: Alternatives to "Zero Tolerance" | The Graduates Film Module

    Students will learn about alternatives to "zero tolerance" school discipline policies and examine how policies that rely heavily on suspension and expulsion can be an obstacle to student success and explore alternatives, especially peer juries, conflict management, and other youth empowerment models. This film module spotlights the peer jury program at Stephanie's school.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Chastity's Story: Homelessness

    This film module spotlights Chastity’s story and building a support system for students struggling with poverty.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Darlene's Story: Teen Parenting | The Graduates Film Module

    The film module spotlights Darlene's story and the educational opportunities and challenges for young parents and their children. This film module may be used with The Graduates Youth Action Guide lesson on teen parenting.

    Grades: 9-13+

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