Toronto program pays Latino high school students to study peers

April 5, 2011

A group of 20 Toronto secondary students from Spanish-speaking families are part of a pilot project aimed at tackling the dropout rate among the city's Latino teens, who are said to quit partly because they discouraged by negative stereotypes, according to a recent study. The students, some of whom are at risk of dropping out, are taking a Grade 12 course every Saturday from February until June -- for which they receive $25 each week -- to design a research project into the links between immigration, happiness, and why so many of their peers drop out. The students get paid from the University of Toronto's education faculty, which runs the course with the Toronto District School Board.