Success on the Fields: The Impacts of Migrant Education Program (MEP)

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type




First Advisor

Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez


Migrant children should no longer be the most educationally disadvantaged group out of the whole nation. If this trend continues the way it has for generations, less and less migrant children will graduate from high school- lower than what it is today. Migrant children already face migrancy, language & cultural barriers, and child labor that impedes their educational trajectory, and consequently leads them to fail in school. For the trend to stop declining, programs need to interrupt what has been normalized. A program that helps migrant children improve their likelihood of not dropping out and completing high school is the Migrant Education Program (MEP). MEP provides high caliber resources and supplementary education to assist migrant children overcome their lifestyle challenges. MEP services migrant children to gain a social capital, caring educators, and a sense of belonging that are not easily accessible, and makes it unequal for them to succeed in school. MEP provides the solutions migrant children need to be equal with the dominant culture. The impacts of MEP can not only help them overcome their lifestyle challenges, but it can also make a different in their life. Migrant children are a high risk community that need specific solutions to stop the downward trend. Therefore, it is important for migrant children to receive help while they are at school because it makes the difference between a positive or a negative experience.

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