Andrew works in two distinct areas: 1) serving immigrant Latino parents and youth with educational resources to help families succeed and thrive in the U.S., and 2) supporting military families via military programming and train the trainer events.
For the last 15 years he has worked with partners to develop educational programs for Spanish-speaking families, while simultaneously studying the effectiveness of these programs. As part of this work, he has conducted numerous research projects and resources to connect Latino parents with educational, health, and other public services. He conducts outreach efforts and applied research on academic achievement among Latino youth, parent involvement in academics, dropout prevention, and access to higher education. Four years ago, Andrew and Cintia Aguilar developed the “Juntos” program to help Latino families come together to make higher education a reality for Latino youth. He has received 18 grants for this work and is excited to see Juntos grow to serve Latino youth in 54 communities in 6 states.
Andrew’s secondary concentration is to provide educational content to military families to help them prepare for and respond effectively to deployment. Having worked for three years at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, he gained experience in developing programs and research intended to make life better for military members and their families across the globe. Over the last ten years he has carried-out 5 military projects and research endeavors to help support military families. He has published 28 scholarly articles in the field, and numerous book chapters. His life mission is helping youth and their families thrive and live healthy lives in North Carolina and beyond.
Andrew is a co-leader for the Just in Time Parenting resource area. He is also an Associate Professor of human development and an Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.