Chapter 9

Home to School to Work—Transitions for African Americans: Eliminating Barriers to Success

Gail L. ThompsonClaremont Graduate University

The groundwork for a successful career is laid well before a young worker enters the workforce. In fact, the work ethic that is necessary to attain a successful career in the future is often established early on in the family environment that prepares children for successful transitions from home to school to work. Thus, there are not only “family-friendly” workplaces, but also “work-friendly families,” where the critical importance of education and the work ethic are emphasized throughout childhood. We often wonder why some people succeed despite all odds, and others fail even when given many opportunities. ...

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