Green Card Voices traveling exhibit teaches junior high students the power of a story

As part of a junior-high storytelling project, Hopkins High School will host a community conversation featuring a panel of student immigrants on Feb. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.
February 14, 2018

In globally minded classrooms, students must consider perspectives and points of views that are different from theirs. Storytelling is a powerful tool that can establish connections between students that may not always seem obvious. That's where the Green Card Voices project comes in, a Hopkins Education Foundation sponsored youth panel and exhibit that shares the stories of young Green Card holders in our community with our students and families. |

"The Green Card Voices stories are compelling in a way that bridges youth to real-world current events," said Jennifer Behnke, a language arts teacher at North Junior High. "These stories are powerful because they help us shift our perspectives and consider such issues in a deeper way."

Throughout the month of February, both North Junior High and West Junior High are embarking on a digital storytelling project that is part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. The Green Card Voices exhibit will travel to both schools during the month of February. The exhibit documents the stories and experiences of local students who are immigrants to this country. After analyzing the stories featured in the exhibit, seventh-grade students, using video, podcasts or multi-media, will tell their own digital stories in a unit called "stories that need to be told."

"Every student has as story to tell, some more compelling than others," said Behnke. "What's cool is that we are realizing the digital tools can make any story compelling, and students are feeling like producers and authors."

Green Card Voices Community Event: 
On Feb. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hopkins High School (2400 Lindbergh Dr., Minnetonka), a panel of student immigrants will speak about their experiences in this country, capturing the human side of and the public conversation about immigration. Each panel participant has his or her story featured in a book called Green Card Youth Voices. The traveling Green Card Voices exhibition will be on display starting at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will also feature stories from Hopkins Junior High students. The event is free and open to the public.

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