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Written by 30 Wellstone Int. High School students
ISBN: 978-0-9974960-0-0
List Price: $20.00
In these pages, you get an opportunity to push away the walls of your life and let the world enter, through the eyes of its youth, through the stories of how it is that we are born in different parts of the world but are connected by the fabric of humanity and hope.
–Excerpt from the foreword by Kao Kalia Yang, award-winning author of the Latehomecomer and The Song Poet. The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet

CLICK HERE  to download two free Chapters (Story of Zaynab Abdi and Luis Angel Santos Henriquez from Green Card Youth Vopices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School)


We are excited to announce that “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School” has been awarded the GOLD MEDAL AWARD for Best Multicultural Non Fiction Chapter Book in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. The Moonbeam Awards were founded as a way to open up book awards in children’s publishing to all types of publishers and genres and to bring attention to the under-sung children’s books and their creators. Each category has gold, silver, and bronze level awards.

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Please take a look at this short video that highlights the stories of the young New Americans that will be featured in our new book we are publishing in May (book launch celebration will be held at the Gala!)

In September of 2015, Green Card Voices
recorded 30 stories of immigrants from Wellstone International High School. These courageous youth coming from 13 countries sat with GCV team in the studio for several days and shared stories of family, school, change, and dreams. After recording their stories, it became obvious to all that these powerful narratives needed to be shared with a wider audience. With the Wellstone students, teachers, Green Card Voices decided to create a book as a vehicle to generate awareness and take the stories outside the all immigrant classroom.

The publication of Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School was made successful through our first crowd-funding campaign; in 20 days we raised the necessary $16,000. Most of our 141 backers were teachers hungry for authentic contemporary resources to teach about present-day immigration. Since this book was first published, it has been reprinted four times, and sold ten thousand copies.

This book opens with the story of Zaynab Abdi, an extraordinary young woman who met Malala Yousafzai through her work with Green Card Voices, and who now works closely with Malala. Through this relationship, Zaynab has had the opportunity to present at both the United Nations and UNICEF. She is featured in Malala’s new book, telling her story in her own words, My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World, to be published next spring. Zaynab still works closely with Green Card Voices, and serves as our Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador as we continue to grow and publish more student immigrant stories.



James Madison Memorial High School201 S Gammon Rd, Madison, WI 53717Apr 11,12, 2018Book reading and signing
One Voice: SanctuaryOrdway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102Jan 19, 21, 2018Book reading and signing
One Voice: SanctuaryFaith Mennonite Church, 2720 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406Jan 13. 2018Book reading and signing
One Voice: SanctuaryAugsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454Jan 11, 2018Book reading and signing
Wild Rumpus BookstoreOct 15, 2017 (3 pm)Book reading and signing
Macalester College: International RoundtableOct 12, 2017Book reading and signing
Annual MN Lib. Association 2017: Radical LibrarianshipMayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904 Oct 5, 2017Book reading and signing
Barnes and Noble Galleria3225 W 69th, Edina, MN 55435Apr 6, 2017 (7 pm)Book reading and signing
UMN DuluthUMN Duluth. MNFeb. 22, 2017Book reading and signing
Eat My Words Bookstore
1228 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413Dec 1, 2016 (6 pm)Book reading and signing
UMN's Center for Bioethics: "Violence and Health Injustice: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Undocumented Workers"L110 Carlson School of Management, U of M, 321-19th Ave So, Minneapolis (West Bank Campus)Nov 19, 2016 (8:30 am - 2 pm)Book reading and signing (see program for exact times)
The Somali Museum of Minnesota1516 E Lake St #011, MinneapolisNov 16, 2016 (7 pm)Book reading and signing (celebration of the International Day of Tolerance)
Citizens for Global Solutions, MN ChapterPlymouth Church, MinneapolisOct 20, 2016 (6:30 - 9 pm)Book reading and signing (invitation only)
Carleton University1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057Oct 27, 2016 (1:15-3 pm)Book reading and Q&A
St. Paul Branch of the American Association of University Women990 Summit Avenue, St. PaulNov 1, 2016 (1 pm)Book reading and signing (invitation only)

Watch a clip from the book reading at Common Good Books, featuring Kao Kalia Yang

Praise and Reviews!

Gratitude to Star Tribune’s Sharyn Jackson  for writing “In a new book, young immigrants to Minnesota tell their stories” (May 18, 2016), MinnPost’s Erin Hinricks for “Wellstone students help change the immigrant narrative, one story at a time” (Feb. 10, 2016), and Doualy Xaykaothao of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) for the audio story and article: “New book gathers stories of young Minnesota immigrants“.

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“The guides of this book are the very children honestly sharing their journeys in their own words. Their lessons are the lessons of America – past, present and future. Courage, hope, determination, pain, hardship, and dreams of a better future – all are present afar and now in Minneapolis, MN. By paying attention to their witness we all have a chance to reclaim and recommit to the promise that America was when they were far away – and help them collect today, in person on the very protections we are so proud of when America is at its best.” 

—John C. Keller, Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota“

“Powerful! In a cultural era where immigrants and new Americans are under attack, Green Card Youth Voices provides a fresh and positive voice for the diverse experiences and dreams of kids in our community. Real experiences. Real kids. They are the future for this country.”

—Dr. John Moravec, author and founder of Education Futures LLC

“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

“Every story held powerful life lessons for me—and I think all readers may have the same experience. This fantastic collection of memories, hopes, and dreams will inspire readers to never forgot that we all are truly “in this together.” 

—Mark Ritchie, former secretary of state of Minnesota

“This book is an important intersection of two great things: high school students writing at a rigorous level for all of us to enjoy and a beautiful elevation of the voices of recent young immigrants from which we all can learn.” 

—Eli Kramer, executive director of Hiawatha Academies

Green Card Youth Voices speaks eloquently with the innocence and authenticity of young people finding their way in a strange land—our land. By reading these moving stories, we enter their world and begin to understand the challenges they face, and we emerge with profound respect for who they are and appreciation for what they add to our lives and our culture.” 

—Charles F. “Chic” Dambach, former president of Alliance for Peacebuilding

“The migrant crises in the Middle East, as well as Central America, Europe, and Africa, are ongoing and have put refugees in the headlines. Yet in report after report, countless human tragedies are reduced to mere numbers. Individual stories such as these add a face to the news, touch our hearts, and lead to greater understanding in a way in a way that newscasts and headlines can’t. By experiencing the discomfort, fears, and triumphs of these individuals, these immigrant stories resonate especially strongly at this moment of ongoing refugee crises and shed light on the immigration here in the U.S. and abroad.”

—Judy A. Bernstein, Author of They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky:The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan

“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

“Honesty, heartbreak, and hope fill the pages of Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School. It’s a beautiful and important book. Read it. Share it. Celebrate the power of their words to inspire us all.”

Tracy Nelson Maurer, author of children and adult fiction/nonfiction

“Immigration is about so much more than immigration. It is about America’s past and our future. Green Card Youth Voices gives young immigrants an opportunity to share their stories and their hopes for the future. These are our neighbors, our classmates, and our friends. Listen to what they have to say.”

Trista Harris, Philanthropic Futurist

Green Card Youth Voices helps amplify voices we might otherwise never hear. It gives us a rich human look at who we are as a modern society, and how we can learn to live better with those who have recently arrived in this country. “

—John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind

“This book gives voice to young immigrants navigating high school in Minnesota. Their reflections are harrowing and matter-of-fact; recalling wars and gangs, displacement and refugee camps, hunger and the lack of opportunity. Revealing their hardships and hopes in broken syntax, the reader is reminded of the privilege of non-immigrant status, and of the painful flaws this country is currently revealing to a young population that enthuses the opportunity for an education, and the chance contribute to society and to help their community. There could not be a better time to share these stories.”  

Dr. Brenda Kayzar, urban geographer at the University of Minnesota


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