Photo by Marilu Lopez Fretts

Meet our 2012 youth interns from La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino of the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc, in Syracuse, NY. These youth are researching, writing, and narrating public service announcements for the radio about their local birds!

Kimberly, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
I am Kimberly. I am 8 years old. I was born at St. Lukes Hospital in New Hartford, NY. My parents are Dominicans, but I am the first generation born in the U.S.A. Currently, I am attending 4th grade at Seymour Dual Language Academy. In June of 2009, I moved to Syracuse, NY. My hobbies are acting, singing, reading a lot, and dancing. I really want to be an actress and a singer when I grow up. I love acting and dancing and a proof of that is that I have received different awards even at my young age, including an award for the best “Engaged Performance”, at the 2011 Michael Harms Theater Festival. I am very confident about achieving all my dreams, because of my hard work, my role model, who is my mother, and my theater’s instructor. I am very thankful to have them both in my life.

Luis, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Luis. I’m from Puerto Rico, and I have lived in the United States since I was a little child. Currently, I’m taking a course in a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Syracuse University. In the future, I would like to study something in social services, or in the medical field, like nursing. My parents are also from Puerto Rico. During my free time, I like to do theater and learn about things I could use in the future. I work at Price Rite as a cashier, and I love what I do.

Sheila, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
Hi! My name is Sheila. I am “Cubana” (from Cuba), and I am 14 years old. In 2003, I arrived to Syracuse, NY. I would like to be a model, when I grow up. My hobbies are to dance and to sing. My school’s name is Henninger High School.



Baker, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Baker, and I am from the Dominican Republic. I study at the Syracuse Academy of Science. My mom is from the Dominican Republic as well. When I grow up I want to be an Engineer. One of my hobbies is to draw; another of my hobbies is to act with my friends.



Luna, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Luna. I am nine years old. I was born in the United States of America, but my family is from Uruguay, in South America. I live in Syracuse, NY, and I am in fourth grade at the Frazer Elementary School. When I grow up, I would like to be a dentist because I would like to learn all about teeth. When I am on vacation, I love to play with my three brothers, draw, color, and read my favorite books. I love to play outside when it is super sunny. I have two pets, a dog named Bruno and a Guinea pig named Samantha.

Jorge, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Jorge and I’m from Puerto Rico. I go to school at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY. My parents are also from Puerto Rico. My hobby is going on my computer and working on my Miku Miku Dance (MMD). When I grow up, I would like to be computer technician and a game designer.


Mireya, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Mireya and I am 14 years old. I was born at Dostor Hospital in San Tulse, Puerto Rico. I grew up in Juncos, Puerto Rico. My mother and father are also from Puerto Rico. When I grow up, I would like to be a veterinarian. In my free time, I like to listen music, go to church, and spend time with my friends and pets. In August of 2009, I arrived to Syracuse, NY. For two years I went to the Blogget School on the West Side of Syracuse. Now, I go to the Fowler High School. If God allows it, I would like to study veterinary, or work in a pet store.

Pablo, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Pablo. I am 12 years old. I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. I live in Syracuse, NY, and I am in 7th grade at Frazer Middle School. When I grow up, I would like to be an indoor skydiving expert because it is fun to skydive. When I am on vacation, I like to play outside or draw. I have two pets, a dog name Bruno, and a Guinea pig named Samantha.



Nicole, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Nicole. I am from Puerto Rico, and I study at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY. My hobby is knitting. My mom and dad are from Puerto Rico, too. I would like to be a nail specialist. I like to help kids, and I love the all the things I do.


Ana, a participant of the The Latino Theatre's Youth Troupe
photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
My name is Ana. I was born in Camagüey, Cuba. I am 14 years old. When I first came to the United States, I was only two years old. My family is also from Cuba. I’m a freshman at Jamesville DeWitt High school. When I grow up, I would like to become a Neurosurgeon. During my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing and participating in community service through clubs offered at school. I like to dance and act with friends, which La Joven Guardia Del Teatro Latino, the Spanish Action League offers. In the spring, I participate in track and field.




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