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This article highlights some of the successes the Humanities Out There (HOT) program at the University of California, Irvine had when partner- ing with progressive institutions, namely with the Chicano/Latino Studies program at the university and with the arts program in a local high school. The first program engaged students in exploring the history underlying their communities, and the second helped students to dramatize their life experi- ences before a local public using their home languages. Analyzing what en- abled HOT’s successes, I urge others sponsoring youth literacy to seek out, and make alliance with, progressive institutions within public education.



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