Young men, keep this in mind when applying for college or looking for a job

SPONSORED CONTENT

selective_serviceBy NewsTaco

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Latinos is 17.1 percent. That translates to 1.5 million Latinos who are looking for work.

Keep that number in mind while we look at something else. Latin Post magazine tells us that the five highest-paying and most in-demand jobs for Latinos are: Advertising and marketing; Software engineer; Nursing; Construction supervisor and manager; and pharmaceuticals. Salaries range from $75 thousand per year for nurses to $111 thousand for pharmacists.

The obvious bridge between both numbers I mentioned is education. There are many career opportunities in today’s economy and Latinos are in high demand for those, but in order to get those jobs, especially for the hundreds of thousands of young Latinos who just graduated from high school, the path runs through a college education.

[pullquote]It’s the law: all men 18 years of age and living in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service.[/pullquote]

That’s where there are many things to consider – preparations and options that begin way before senior year: GPA’s; admissions applications; school choice; admission essays; financial aid . . . the list goes on.

It’s not an option

But one of the things that is more than just and option and is seldom mentioned to young Latinos, men specifically, who are pondering their next life chapter is registering with the U.S. Selective Service.

It’s important because it’s the law: all men 18 years of age and living in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service.

There are some important facts you should know about Selective Service registration. First, all men living in the U.S. are required to register upon their 18th birthday. Second, they have until their 26th birthday to do so. Third, the requirement goes for all men in the U.S regardless of resident or citizenship status. Fourth, the Selective Service will not share your information with any other federal agency, period.

Facts to consider

But there are other facts that young men should consider, especially those with the goal of going to college and with the dream to get one of those high-paying, in-demand jobs. These facts, though, are about the consequences of not registering with the Selective Service:

It could affect your college financial aid. It could affect your prospects for a federal government job. And it could affect your immigration process. Not registering will either make you ineligible for these, or delay the process.

Don’t delay your dreams

These are dream-delaying consequences that should be seriously considered by all 18 to 26 year-old men in the U.S., by their parents, their friends and family. If you’re a man living in the U.S., are between 18 and 26 years-of-age and haven’t registered with the Selective Service, go to SSS.gov, click on the link that says register, and fill out the digital form. If you’re a parent of such a man, friend or family of one, tell them the law requires that they register, and give them this link. Because it is, in the end, about their dreams.

###

[Photo by photologue_np]

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

U.S. citizen detained overnight by ICE – they thought he was undocumented

Victor Landa July 6, 2017

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)  This is startling news. Up until last night at a dinner conversation I believed that the idea that an American citizen would be […]

Willie Velásquez documentary is a lesson for Latinos on the importance of voting

NewsTaco May 9, 2017

*Why you should read this: Because today is Willie Velasquez day and a quick search of his name turned up no news stories. This piece, by Mercedes Olivera, is from […]

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia – Trump, Gerrymandering and Money

NewsTaco June 8, 2017

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read, 34 minute listen)  It’s safe to say that the just-ended Texas legislative session was the most acrimonious in memory. We can talk for […]

Ted Cruz gets an earful in McAllen for July 4

Victor Landa July 5, 2017

*I’m posting this because it was mostly Latinos, organizing, protesting, making their voices heard. Everyone needs to know that Latinos in deep South Texas are standing up. VL By Patrick […]

Pence will host White House Cinco de Mayo party

NewsTaco May 4, 2017

*Why you should read this: Because there’ll be no Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House (I know, big deal – we’ll be spared the taco-bowl). VL By Hadas […]

Vietnam War veteran fears he could be deported

Victor Landa July 7, 2017

*This Vietnam veteran, born in Mexico, was awarded two Purple Hearts and given U.S. citizenship after his service. He’s misplaced his documents and after paying $345 the government wants more […]

Castro will not run for U.S. Senate

NewsTaco May 1, 2017

By Victor Laneda, NewsTaco (i.5 minute read)    Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) says he will not be running for the U.S. Senate against Ted Cruz. Castro had promised to make […]

Henry Cisneros: Why Can’t Americans See Latinos Are Country’s ‘Saving Grace’?

Victor Landa July 7, 2017

*Good question. I think it’s because we’re not the ones telling our story. We need to fight for our narrative. VL By Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News (1.5 minute read)  SAN […]