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Meet Juan Gutierrez: Somos Latinx

By Alondra Rosas Ornelas | Latinx Flint Media

Juan Gutierrez in the community garden of the Latinx Technology and Community Center. 

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FLINT, Michigan – Somos Latinx serves to highlight and connect community members in Flint & Genesee County.  Recognizing the experiences of families and individuals in our community reveals the complex experience of Latinx Life in the United States and in our local community. Somos Latinx drives civic engagement and awareness, such as the 2020 Census.

The following is a conversation between Latinx Flint Media and Juan Gutierrez: 

Where are you from? 

My family is from México, but I was born in Saginaw. 

How do you feel as a Latino growing up in school? Do you feel different? 

Yeah kinda. There is barely any Mexicans in my school. 

Do you play any sports? 

I play football and I want to start playing basketball. 

What is your dream? What do you see yourself doing in the future? 

Well, I don’t even know. Everyone always asks me that and I don’t know.  If I had to do pick one it would be to play in the NBA.

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What has been one of the happiest moments of your life? 

When I got my PS4! It was on April Fools day. My uncle got me a PS4 and I thought he was just kidding. I opened it and I said, “It’s a play station!” 

Who is your role model? 

My brother. He is so positive and energetic. 

How was your experience going back to México? 

When I first went to México, I wasn’t scared, but my stomach kept on hurting. I was nervous. The difference I saw was that at 10-12 PM everyone is out in the park and when I came back to America, no one was out. It was just bedtime. 

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