Divulgando la cultura en dos idiómas.

Marroquin helping Latinos understand Boy Scout culture

By Chara
Marielena Marroquin builds bridges – metaphorically speaking.
Marroquin serves as a district executive with the Boy Scouts of America in the Kansas City area. As part of her job, the New Jersey native with Puerto Rican and Guatemalan heritage helps Latino families to understand the Boy Scout culture.
“Sometimes, Latino families think they can’t have access to it (Boy Scouts),” she said. “They say they don’t have the resources. I just explain them about the Boy … (Scout) culture. It is a culture for everyone.”
Helping people understand the differences and similarities between cultures is a part of Marroquin’s job that she enjoys.
“I’m like a bridge of information between cultures and I help people to communicate,” she stated.
Marroquin is familiar with the challenge of navigating between cultures. Her biggest challenge when she moved to Kansas City after finishing her bachelor’s degree in history from Seton Hall University was navigating between Latino and non-Latino cultures.
“It wasn’t until I was by myself that I had to learn how to navigate between both worlds,” she said.
Marroquin is “in love with Kansas City,” she said.
“It has many things to do,” Marroquin said. “We have music, culture, sports. It has a different flavor.”
Marroquin describes herself as someone who cares about people and wants to help them. Her hobbies include dancing, hanging out with her friends and attending church. She considers being a woman a privilege.
“I am proud of it,” Marroquin said.
In offering advice to Latinas who want to be successful, Marroquin recommends that they study and learn.
“Everything in this world comes and goes,” she said. “However, something that you … (will) never lose is knowledge. Knowledge is something that is only yours, that you can enjoy every moment of your life.”


Marroquín ayuda a latinos a entender la cultura de los Boy Scouts

Marielena Marroquín construye puentes, metafóricamente hablando.
Marroquín se desempeña como ejecutiva de distrito con Boy Scouts of America en el área de Kansas City. Como parte de su trabajo, la nativa de Nueva Jersey con herencia puertorriqueña y guatemalteca ayuda a las familias latinas a comprender la cultura de los Boy Scouts.
“A veces, las familias latinas piensan que no pueden tener acceso (a los Boy Scouts)”, dijo. “Dicen que no tienen los recursos. Yo les explico sobre la cultura de los Boy Scouts. Es una cultura para todos”.
Ayudar a las personas a comprender las diferencias y similitudes entre culturas es una parte del trabajo de Marroquín que ella disfruta.
“Soy como un puente de información entre culturas y ayudo a las personas a comunicarse”, afirmó.
Marroquín está familiarizada con el desafío de navegar entre culturas. Su mayor desafío cuando se mudó a Kansas City después de terminar su licenciatura en historia de la Universidad Seton Hall fue navegar entre culturas latinas y no latinas.
“No fue hasta que estaba sola que tuve que aprender a navegar entre los dos mundos”, dijo.
Marroquín está “enamorada de Kansas City”, dijo.
“Tiene muchas cosas que hacer”, dijo Marroquín. “Tenemos música, cultura, deportes. Tiene un sabor diferente”.
Marroquín se describe a sí misma como alguien que se preocupa por las personas y que quiere ayudarlas. Sus pasatiempos incluyen bailar, salir con sus amigos y asistir a la iglesia. Ella considera que ser mujer es un privilegio.
“Estoy orgullosa de ello”, dijo Marroquín.
Al ofrecer consejo a las mujeres latinas que desean tener éxito, Marroquín recomienda que estudien y aprendan.
“Todo en este mundo va y viene”, dijo. “Sin embargo, algo que nunca perderás es conocimiento. El conocimiento es algo que sólo es tuyo, que puedes disfrutar cada momento de tu vida”.


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