Sunday, October 15th at 3PM
We're Here. We Have A Story. We Play A Role.
Wild Rumpus is honored to have Zaynab Abdi, Yonis Yusuf, and Aye Aye Win, three of the talented writers from Green Card Youth Voices, join us for a reading and talk on Sunday, October 15th at 3PM.
A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to Green Card Voices, which is a non-profit organization.
Green Card Voices was born from the idea that the broad narrative of current immigrants should be communicated in a way true to each immigrant’s story. Green Card Voices seeks to be a new lens for those in the immigration dialogue.
Green Card Voices aspires to build a bridge between immigrants, non-immigrants, and advocates from across the country by sharing the first-hand immigration stories of foreign-born Americans, by helping us see the ‘wave of immigrants’ as individuals, with interesting stories of family, hard work, and cultural diversity.
In these pages, you get an opportunity to push away the walls of your life and let the world enter, through the eyes of its youth, through the stories of how it is that we are born in different parts of the world but are connected by the fabric of humanity and hope.
–Excerpt from the foreword by Kao Kalia Yang, award-winning author of The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet
In September of 2015, Green Card Voices
recorded 30 stories of immigrants from Wellstone International High School. These courageous youth coming from 13 countries sat with GCV team in the studio for several days and shared stories of family, school, change, and dreams. After recording their stories, it became obvious to all that these powerful narratives needed to be shared with a wider audience. With the Wellstone students, teachers, Green Card Voices decided to create a book as a vehicle to generate awareness and take the stories outside the all immigrant classroom.
To this end, Green Card Voices is publishing its first book on May 21, 2016. “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School”, is a unique collection of 30 personal essays from young, new Americans. These incredible accounts will be featured in a multi-media book with links to first person video narratives on the Green Card Voices website, as well as will a study guide and glossary.
On September 6 and 7, 2016 Green Card Voices team traveled to Fargo to meet with South High School teacher Leah Juelke and principal Todd Bertsch to discuss a new book project involving 30 English Learners (EL) from the high school. Green Card Voices, together with two Wellstone International High School (Minneapolis) teachers, will work with these 30 EL students to create individual video narratives that will be posted online, and written personal essays that will be published in a book.
Based on a successful model used in Minneapolis, the book will be a vehicle to generate awareness about the immigrant experience. The book will include links to the students’ video narrative, a study guide, and glossary to help teachers use the book as an educational resource when teaching about immigration.