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One senior's take on how her generation differs from Latino youths

There's a growing generational and cultural divide in America: according to a census report, more elderly people are white, while an increasing number of children are Latino.

But what does that next generation look like to our nation's seniors?

Sara Hanan has first-hand experience with that difference. This 73- year-old Mount Washington resident is part of a program at the L.A. Public Library called STAR, which organizes older volunteers to read to young children.

While Hanan is white, she says most of the children at her local branch in Cypress Park are Latino. "They're not different," Hanan tells A Martinez. "I think they're more accustomed to diversity than I was growing up, and they accept other people more readily, I think, than a lot of adults do." She adds, "As long as I'm willing to accept them, they're willing to accept me."

Hanan is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles who grew up in South Central while the 110 was being built just a block from her home. Hanan has noticed that the children she works with live in a very different world — and a more dangerous one. 

"We played outside in the summer when I was a child," she says. "I think there's more fear with this generation. Children are not allowed to play in the front; there's a gang problem."

However, she says that the children's appetite to learn, and for their parents to have them learn English, gives her great hope for what America will become.