Career development and professional identity remain critical areas that need addressing for young girls of color. Currently, racial-ethnic minorities continue to face disparities educationally and economically. Girls of color, in particular, are subjected to "double jeopardy" as they navigate a world still ridden with racial and gender discrimination. These barriers and other social and environmental factors have negatively impacted career self-efficacy, resulting in a lack of appropriate career decision-making. Through a lens of social justice and advocacy, school counselors can act as an ally and provide culturally appropriate interventions that address these issues. Career interventions based on the specific needs of racially minoritized students are necessary to reduce opportunity gaps and increase career options. This article explores the impact on career-related variables resulting from participation in a culturally responsive career development program. FLAME, a fifteen-week after-school program, was designed and implemented to foster growth and development in career exploration and leadership as well as career decision-making self-efficacy. Results provide initial support in suggesting that culturally responsive career development programs impact the career development of minority girls, especially in the areas of student motivation and engagement and perceived career barriers.
Rutledge, Marsha L. and Gnilka, Philip B.
"Breaking Down Barriers: A Culturally Responsive Career Development Intervention with Racially Minoritized Girls of Color,"
Journal of College Access: Vol. 7:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jca/vol7/iss1/7