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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Counselor Education


Urban American Youth may not receive sufficient exposure to career opportunities and a lifestyle outside of their norm. The American Dream for minorities, particularly African Americans and Latinos, revolves around their loyalty to their ghettos. Securing white collar jobs are not the dreams of this community: settling for minimum wage positions in neighborhoods more familiar are realistic ideas. Families in urban communities lack secondary education and support from social agencies to increase their ratio of success, Therefore, minimum wage opportunities become attractive, despite the struggle the wages create. Single parenting as well as of lack of appropriate role models results in minors’ involvement in gangs, violence, sexual activities and like mannerism.