Latinos Come in All Colors … The Next Generation
By Carmen Robles
My 23andme.com DNA results earlier this year revealed an 8.5 percent African ancestry connection associated with my Puerto Rican heritage.
My parents, Luis Mario Robles and Maria Trinidad, immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. in the mid-1940s. They had three children together; my sister Maria Luisa (Lisa Marie Rodeghier-Sinclair) who was born in Puerto Rico; me (first born in U.S.) and our brother, Luis Mario Robles, Jr. (who passed away two years ago.)
My sister has two sons, Jason Rodeghier and Adam Sinclair – they are both one half Puerto Rican, their children are one forth. Taylor Martin is Jason Rodeghier’s daughter. She is my sister’s granddaughter, my great niece. She shows signs of her roots through her musical artistry and her gifts of song and dance.
Our household’s “next generation” pride and joy, Martin is a 2015 graduate from North Central University where she earned a B.S. in Youth Development Studies.
Currently she is a dance teacher and youth mentor at Urban Ventures, a nonprofit organization located in south Minneapolis.
In keeping with the spirit of mentoring, encouraging and engaging youth in community leadership through hands-on experiences, my great niece exemplifies the mission of my organization, Jovenes de Salud. A Latino based peer-to-peer leadership program; Jovenes de Salud provides a platform and a plethora of opportunities for youth and young adults to express and share their fresh perspectives.
I hope you enjoy her review of the Ordway’s season opener, “The 70s Songbook” and encourage the young person in your household to share his or her unique, new century point of view of the world around them.