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Enroll in the E-Course today to become a Certified Story Stitch Facilitator!

We are offering a limited number of scholarships to ensure that our E-Course is accessible. Apply for a partial scholarship here:

About Story Stitch Facilitator E-Course

Story Stitch was co-designed in 2018 by the Green Card Voices team and a diverse group of Minneapolis/St. Paul community members. The goal was to build a connection between immigrants and their neighbors by telling stories, opening minds, and encouraging people to know one another. It is our hope that the card game will foster deeper conversations and generate a breakthrough in how immigrants are perceived, treated, and accepted.

In 2019, Green Card Voices began providing a Story Stitch Facilitator training to provide participants with the tools to:

  • Understand the conceptual components and philosophy behind Story Stitch by identifying how empathy is enhanced through story sharing
  • Facilitate Story Stitch circles in-person and virtually
  • Call out any bias and judgment remarks within a circle
  • Set up a brave space for sharing stories by delivering clear instructions and effectively managing the reflective discussion
  • Gain confidence in leading a reflective discussion by creating a strategy to facilitate a Story Stitch circle

AND NOW..

With the help of the generous Marbrook Foundation grant, we recently developed the Story Stitch e-course. This training will be offered through the online, e-course platform, Teachable. A new, interactive training, which includes videos of the trainers, demonstrations, practice activities, resources, and opportunities to test your knowledge, allows individuals to become a certified Story Stitch Facilitator on their own time and schedule regardless of geographical location. The e-course takes approximately 5 hours to complete. The e-learning course is accessed through Teachable, the top interactive platform for online courses and coaching services.

Modules included in E-Course:

  • Introduction to Green Card Voices and the creation of Story Stitch
  • Conception components and philosophy behind Story Stitch
  • Story Stitch nuts and bolts—tools and best practices for playing the game
  • Role of the facilitator including how to manage difficult situations and lead a reflective discussion
  • Next steps, a review of the facilitator toolkit and best practices from experienced facilitators

Upon completion, participants receive a certificate from Green Card Voices and gain access to our Facilitator Tool Kit. Participants who complete the Certification Activity will have their name added to the Certified Story Stitch Facilitator list on the Green Card Voices Website.

The e-course, like Story Stitch, was co-created by the following Green Card Voices’ staff and board members: Leslie Rapp, Luis Versailles, Zaynab Abdi, Julie Vang, Aaliyah Hannah, Tea Rozman-Clark, and Rebecca David.

Green Card Voices has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse, and other institutions to provide Story Stitch Facilitator trainings to large groups. If you are interested in Green Card Voices to facilitate a Story Stitch Facilitator training for a large group within your organization, department, etc, please email Program Associate Sylvie Dosseh at [email protected]

Meet Our E-Course Facilitators

Tea Rozman
Tea Rozman moved to the United States at the age of 20 after receiving a George Soros’ Open Society Institute scholarship to study at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A native of Slovenia, she received her M.A. from New York University and Ph.D. from the University of Nova Gorica, specializing in oral history. She is passionate about social justice, creating brave spaces, social entrepreneurship, empowering and amplifying voices of immigrants and refugees, and progressive leadership models. In 2013, Tea co-founded Green Card Voices, and she and her team have since recorded and shared stories of over 500 immigrants and refugees coming from 150 countries and living in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, New York, California, and Georgia. She is the co-editor of nine books—all award-winning collections of first-person immigrant stories. Tea is passionate about travel, running, hiking, and spending time with her two pre-teen daughters.
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Aaliyah Hannah
Aaliyah Hannah is a Black American from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from UW-Platteville in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She is passionate about restorative justice and providing space and opportunity for BIPOC folks. In her free time, she can be found reading, biking and occasionally painting.
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Julie Vang
Julie Vang was born and raised in the occupied Wahpekute terrority (St. Paul, Minnesota). She is a writer and the Program Director at Green Card Voices. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelors in Family Social Science and a minor in Asian American Studies. She is Hmong-American with over six years of policy and programming experience. Julie is committed in shifting cultures, wellness spaces, and storytelling to build healing, equitable, and inclusive communities to thrive. You’ll find her sipping on boba tea, meditating, hiking, and having heart-to-heart conversations.
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Luis Versalles
Luis Versalles is a second generation Afro Cuban-American born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. His bilingual and bicultural life experiences have fueled his passion for fostering racial, linguistic, and cultural equity in education for all students. After completing his public school K-12 education, Luis went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s of Education with emphasis on Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota, becoming the first college graduate in his family. This experience motivates his work in coaching school leaders to better understand the complexities presented to families of color as they navigate both the K-12 and higher education systems.
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Zaynab Abdi
Zaynab Abdi is a Black, Muslim, Immigrant woman who is passionate about social justice and advocacy. Zaynab works as an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador at Green Card Voices. She graduated as magna cum laude from St. Catherine University, St. Paul with three Bachelors’s degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Philosophy. She is also an Advocate for girls’ education where she spoke at many places including the United Nations to speak about the importance of educating girls in countries where girls are disadvantaged. Zaynab is a co-author in Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from Minneapolis High Schools and was featured in Malala’s new book We Are Displaced. Besides her advocacy life, Zaynab loves to play soccer and bike during her free time.
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Leslie Rapp
Leslie Rapp is Co-chair of the Green Card Voices Board and part of the design team for the Story Stitch Facilitator Training and e-Learning projects. Leslie began her career as a professional actor, before transitioning to corporate communication training and coaching. Currently she is a lead facilitator for e-Cornell’s online certificate program Executive Presence where she works with international students and business professionals to discover their authentic voice and speaking confidence. Leslie has a Masters degree in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific.
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