Green Card YOUTH Voices: Immigrant Author Summit

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Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

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In March 2018, Green Card Voices will host the Immigrant Youth Summit: Working Across Cultures, a three-day gathering of focused and interactive networking and leadership development for our 90 immigrant co-authors of the “Green Card Youth Voices” books (Minneapolis, Fargo, and St. Paul editions). The summit will include networking time, panels, and workshops in order to connect GCV youth authors to one another across cultures and geographies and equip them with skills to be more effective leaders. GCV will bring ten immigrant and refugee leaders from across the nation and representing different industries to engage with our authors, provide mentorship, and inspire them through their own journeys.

They will have the chance to explore the Race Exhibit at the Science Museum of MN, participate in workshops, network, and hear from immigrant leaders at MN Target Field, participate in a book-building workshop at MN Center for the Book Arts, and hear performances of prominent immigrant writers, poets, and spoken word artists at the Loft Literary Center.

Our youth authors will also get to hear from each other. Zaynab Abdi is now a Malala Fund Delegate and has spoken at the United Nations. Glorioza Nduwimana and Ashti Mohamed Ali traveled to the capital of North Dakota to testify against proposed anti-refugee legislation. Angel Henriquez will be sharing his story at the One Voice Mixed Chorus's January performances at the Ordway Theater. They, and other students, will have the chance for peer to peer learning, the most powerful - and fun! - experience of the summit. We believe this is where life-long friendships will begin.

The summit is open to Green Card Voices authors, and it is FREE* to attend!

For all our student authors, we will cover their lodging and transportation (if traveling from Fargo, ND), meals and all other program expenses.

Other invited participants (not student authors) are responsible for their lodging and transportation.

*We will have scholarships available for youth authors who might have to take time off work in order to attend the summit. For our student authors, please respond "yes" to the question about scholarships on the application form.

The tentative program is as follows:

Friday, March 23, 2018
The Science Museum of Minnesota

4 - 5:30pm Welcome kick off and reception
5:30 - 6 pm Dinner
6 - 7:15 pm Tour of the Race Exhibit + Talking Circle
7:15 - 8:15 pm Free exploration of the museum

Saturday, March 24, 2018
The MN Twins Stadium (Champions Club)

9 am - 12:30 pm Program
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch provided by the MN Twins
1:30 - 5:30 pm Program
5:30 - 6:30 pm Meet and greet (participants, partners, board, donors, and supporters)
7 pm Dinner

Sunday, March 25, 2018
The MN Center for the Book Arts and The LOFT Literary Center

9 - 11 am Workshop at the MN Center for the Book Arts
11 - 11:30 am Tour of the LOFT Literary Center
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 2 pm Panel @ Performance Hall, The LOFT Literary Center (Performances and discussion with immigrant spoken word artists, poets, writers and others)
2 - 2:30 pm Closing Activity @ Performance Hall, the LOFT Literary Center

We are extremely happy to partner with the Science Museum of MN, MN Twins, and the Loft Literary Center to make this inaugural summit happen. Major funding was provided by the Bush Foundation. If you would like to sponsor the event or have any other questions, please contact

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