Latino children represent the eruption and powerful workforce of the future. Demographic shifts in population has given our nation the opportunity to lead the way into the 21st Century by cultivating the value and richness of a culture that will soon represent one-third of the children’s population. American Latinos are impacting every society, institution and life of every American in the United States and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
In 2010, the U.S. Census counted 50.5 million Latinos in the United States. According to research conducted by Pew Research Center, by 2035, one-third of all American children and youth will be Latino. U.S. born and not immigrants are driving the Latino population shift.
Based on Census projections, by 2050, 54 percent of the U.S. population will be minorities and by 2023, more than half of all children will be minorities. The percentage of the U.S. population of working age – 18-64 years – will decrease to 57 percent from 63 percent in 2008. By 2050, the working age population will be more than 30 percent Latino.
U.S. growth and prosperity will largely depend on our ability to strengthen the contribution and participation of Latinos in productive and successful ways in every facet of society. From birth, Latino children will bring strong family ties that bind, a traditional culture, coupled by a strong work ethic and a deep seated belief in our nation.
NLCI believes in raising a strong culture of Latinos destined for greatness and prepared to take their rightful place in our nation. All should have equal opportunities beginning with early child development, access to education, health, employment, citizenship status, civic engagement and equal rights.
In response to the projected growth of young Latinos and a grim future for Latino children and youth, NLCI was created to serve as a voice for Latino children and with a sense of urgency challenge the alarming reports regarding school drop-outs, low academic achievement, juvenile delinquency and negative images defining the future of the Latino community. With a deep sense of commitment, urgency and dedication, NLCI works to find ways to help the young Latino population navigate through an increasingly competitive society that places information obstacles that limit possibilities and opportunities. NLCI is a valuable informative resource that benefits young Latinos.