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A GREAT RESOURCE FOR ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES, ADULT LEARNERS, ‘ENGLISH LEARNER’ CLASSROOMS, AND BOOK CLUBS!

In the year that we initially published Green Card Youth Voices: Stories from a Fargo High School, Fargo had seen the largest growth in its immigrant population to date. That same year, a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks was firebombed, and while the immigrant population grew, anti-immigrant sentiments were also on the rise. We found a clear need to build community in Fargo, and responded by producing this book.

Leah Juelke, the EL teacher whose students are in the book, subsequently won the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award. Through this honor, she has spent the past year traveling the United States and advocating for Green Card Voices, bringing this book to the White House and their many high level venues. Green Card Youth Voices: Stories from a Fargo High School has also been praised by North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, among many other leaders, teachers, and students.

Lutheran Social Services, North Dakota’s primary resettlement agency, bought 200 copies and now organize book readings throughout the state, through the belief that in tandem with resettling and helping refugees, they should also help the “receiving communities” better understand their new neighbors.

Book includes:

  • 30 personal essays of immigrant youth from 22 countries
  • Foreword written by Betty Gronneberg
  • Full-color portraits
  • Links to digital stories on the Green Card Voices Website
  • Excerpt from Act4Change: Green Card Voices Study Guide
  • Glossary

Gratitude to The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead‘s Helmut Schmidt for writing “Green Card Voices project gives Fargo students chance to tell their immigrant stories” (Oct. 5, 2016), Fargo Public Schools‘ Lisa Farnham for writing “Digital Humanity” (Oct. 8, 2016) and High Plains Reader (HPR)‘s Brittney Goodman for writing “Green Card Voices” (Sept. 28, 2016).