The Integrating Literacies Project explores the nature of work
and communication in the lives of Latinx youth. Our aim is to
generate knowledge about young people’s work-related
communication skills and strengths, and the conditions that
encourage their development. The project’s practical goal is
to inform programs and policies that shape the career
opportunities and trajectories of Latinx youth.
Latinx youth in our study participate in work-study placements
and college-preparatory academic work. In addition to
examining their communication practices in these settings, we
include contexts of unpaid and often unrecognized work. By
studying their development of communication skills and identities
across contexts, we can build richer, more nuanced understandings
of their potential and the factors that support their successful
preparation for rewarding careers.