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Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School

Georgia Immigration Research Network founding members, Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez and Dr. Paul N. McDaniel, along with Dr. Lara Smith-Sitton (Assistant Professor and Director of Community Engagment, Department of English, at KSU), have partnered with Dr. Tea Rozman-Clark, executive director of Green Card Voices, along with the Latin American Association, Welcoming America, and local Atlanta area public schools, on the production of a new book focused on the diverse stories of immigrants and refugees in Atlanta. Green Card Youth Voices Georgia Map

Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School was published in April 2018 as a result of a year-long community engagement university-community partnership project. Additional community engagement and outreach events are planned in 2018-2019. The Green Card Youth Voices series is a collection of books dedicated to sharing the immigration stories of young, new Americans from all over the country. Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School is a collection of over 20 personal essays written by high school students in the Atlanta area. This is the first book in this series focused on a city in the southeastern United States. Included with each essay is a first-person video narrative, highlighting their personal journey. It includes links to the students' video narratives, a study guide, and glossary to help teachers use the book as an educational resource when teaching about immigration.

Events

  • April 20, 2018, 3:30-5:00 PM: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School discussion panel at the Atlanta Studies Symposium at the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • May 9, 2018: Soft book launch for Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School at DeKalb International Student Center.
  • May 9, 2018: Soft book launch for Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School at Cross Keys High School.
  • May 12, 2018: Soft book launch for Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School at Clarkston High School's International Student Festival. 
  • Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School Official Launch Event FlyerMay 13, 2018, 3:30-4:45 PM: Official Book Launch event for Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School, in the Rich Auditorium in the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

  • June 18, 2018, 6:00-9:00 PM: Voices of Refugees event at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. At this event, in honor of World Refugee Day, four student authors from Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School - originally from Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda and Afghanistan - read their personal essays, followed by an interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson and a panel discussion with local area refugee service providers. 1000 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • August 30, 2018, 6:00 PM: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School book reading and panel discussion at Grand Opening Reception of Refuge or Refusal: Turning Points in U.S. Immigration History exhibit at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University.

  • September 1, 2018, 1:00 PM: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School student authors will be featured on the Teen Stage during the AJC Decatur Book Festival
  • Two presentations at 2018 Georgia TESOL Conference in Atlanta, Georgia:

    September 28, 2018: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School - The Power of Storytelling (Creating, Curating, and Sharing Student Narrative Projects). Educators will discuss the creation of Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School, a collection of digital and published narratives by young immigrants which brought high school and college students, DeKalb County educators, Kennesaw State University faculty members, and nonprofit administrators together for a community-engaged advocacy project focused on the power of storytelling.

    September 29, 2018: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School - Readings and Panel Discussion by DeKalb County High School Students. This session will feature student authors reading excerpts from their narratives found in the published collection of stories and a panel discussion about the impact of the project. A question and answer session will follow the readings with students and educators involved with the project. 

  • October 2, 2018: Presentation at the Engaged Scholarhip Consortium 2018 Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from Atlanta High School Students - Pedagogical, Advocacy, and Research Structures for Engaged Work." Three academic scholars, a founder of a nonprofit organization serving the United States refugee community, and a student researcher will discuss structural components of partnerships in community writing and research developed through the publication of an edited collection of refugee narratives. The five-person panel will focus on best practices in project design and assessment.
  • October 24, 2018: Presentation and discussion of Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School project and process at the biennial Race, Ethnicity, and Place IX Conference: Engaged Scholarship: Fostering Civil and Human Rights. The presentation will be held at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. 
  • November 17, 2018: Two Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School book readings will be held at the Decatur branch and Brookhaven branch of the DeKalb County Public Library.

    12:00-1:30 PM: Decatur Library

    3:30-5:00 PM: Brookhaven Library

 

Book Contents

  • Over 20 personal essays of immigrant youth from 15 different countries
  • Full-color portraits
  • Links to digital stories on the Green Card Voices website
  • Excerpt from Act4Change: A Green Card Voices Study Guide
  • Glossary
  • 170+ pages

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Book Purchase Information

The list price is $20.00. ISBN: 978-0-9974960-6-2. Special 50% discount available for bulk classroom purchases. To pre-order, visit www.greencardvoices.com, send an email to info@greencardvoices.com, or call 612-889-7635.

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Acknowledgements

  • DeKalb County School District and Clarkston High School, Cross Keys High School, and DeKalb International Student Center
  • KSU Office of Research
  • KSU Division of Global Affairs
  • KSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • KSU Office of Community Engagement
  • KSU Department of Social Work and Human Services
  • KSU Department of English
  • KSU Department of Geography and Anthropology
  • KSU School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
  • KSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • KSU WellStar College of Health and Human Services
  • KSU Museum of History and Holocaust Education
  • Welcoming America
  • Latin American Association
  • Alliance Theatre
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • National Geographic Society
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