What better way to end our first day at Millennial Mega Mashup then with a first person story illustrating so much of what we’ve heard today?
Where we spent much of the day sharing (admittedly fascinating) statistics and doing a bit of looking outside in, Malín Alegría brought us inside the Hispanic Millennial experience. “I was too dark to be American and too gringa to be Mexican” she said, speaking of growing up a third generation Hispanic in the U.S.
Her mission now? To be a culture ambassador. To encourage teens to step out of their comfort zones by reflecting their experiences back to them in YA literature (such as her new series Border Town, pictured here). The Latino community is diverse and a huge (and growing) part of the American experience and culturally competent expert voices are needed in the conversation.