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People from the Valley

The Valley is home to just over one million people; nearly 89 percent of the population is Hispanic. Other people are seasonal Valley residents. We called them “Winter Texans”. Usually, they are senior citizens from northern states that live here in the Valley during winter time.

This is the place where two cultures mix. Hispanics have high family values and the Anglos are very organized. Maybe, that’s why The Valley is growing so fast. Valley’s residents rely on supportive families, strong community networks, shared culture and a persistent pursuit to create the best possible future for themselves and their children.

Traditionally, many people from the Valley work in agriculture. The Valley produces over forty crops, including grapefruit, citrus fruits, aloe, onions, cucumbers and many others. Many earn their livelihood doing farm labor. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Valley's youth prefer to have their education at home (The UTPA is one of the most prominent public universities in the nation). Therefore, there is an important group dedicated to education and culture. Another percentage is devoted to tourism and trade.

Valley Talents:
Roberto Collado and Dulce Navar

In the autumn of 2009 many of us had the opportunity to enjoy the film “11 years of nightmares and a wasted lifetime”. Behind this captivating production are two incredible young people, Roberto Collado and Dulce Navar. Learn more about them and the film. Enjoy the interview and you will realize how obstacles can help you fly higher and without airplanes.

Update: 11 years of nightmares and a wasted lifetime to be shown in St. Petersburg, FL on May 21st 2010, 8:00 pm at Studio@620. Pay what you can at the door and help the film go further.