Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School is a unique collection of thirty personal essays written by students from Wellstone International High School. Coming from thirteen different countries, these youth share stories of family, school, change, and dreams. The broad range of experiences and the honesty with which these young people tell their stories is captured here with inspiring clarity. Although their reasons for immigrating are vast, a common thread united them; despite tremendous tribulation, these young people continue to work toward the futures of which they dream. With the included study guide and glossary, Green Card Youth Voices is an exceptional resource for English and social science classes, adult learners, ESL classrooms, and book clubs. Each personal essay is accompanied by a first-person video narrative available online.
“Green Card Youth Voices is one of the most powerful collections of authentic immigrant voices I’ve ever come across. Within these pages you will find the hopes, dreams, and sheer fortitude of our country’s future innovators and teachers. Their words will impress upon you the very fabric of what has made our country a beacon of hope for so many across the world. I look forward to sharing this anthology with my students and teachers—the stories in Green Card Youth Voices are inspiring and will empower communities nationwide for years to come.” —Sylvia Beevas-Smith, high school principal and campus director, Carmen Schools of Science & Technology, Milwaukee
“Let no one doubt the bravery and resilience of young new Americans. Green Card Youth Voices introduces readers to Minnesota youth who have made extraordinary journeys and have much to contribute to this state’s future. Their stories will promote understanding and assurance about the value of this state’s growing diversity.”
—Lori Sturdevant, editorial writer and columnist at the Star Tribune