The stories of our youth

Green Card Youth event shares tales of immigrant tribulations and triumphs


Dane Sheehan

The Green Card Youth Voices tells the story of youth immigrants during the last two weeks of October.

Katelyn Black, Lifestyle Editor

This month, the Andersen Library is sharing the stories of young Wisconsin immigrants during the Green Card Youth Voices exhibit as part of the 2019 Fall Diversity Forum.

While the nationwide event, entitled  ‘Green Card Voices’ focuses on people of all ages, the smaller ‘Green Card Youth’ event focuses solely on the images and life stories of young immigrants from Wisconsin in particular.

And it was because of this idea of sharing these important stories that Sarell Martin, PR and Outreach Coordinator for the Andersen Library believes having the event is so important, especially now.

“Green Card Youth Voices is really unique and provides a group of people a voice and a medium to express,” said Martin.

“We knew it was something worth representing during the Diversity Forum week.”

Connected to the ‘Green Card Youth Voices’ event, a few of the young people depicted at the event came to Summers Auditorium in the University Center on October 16 to present their published book entitled “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from Madison and Milwaukee High Schools’ where they share their stories.

According to Cushing-Leubner, this event is exclusive to UW-Whitewater and included three authors and a discussion about the book.

For those wanting to experience the library based event, the exhibit will remain in Andersen from October 14 to October 31 and make a transition over to UW-Rock’s Lennox library from November 1 to November 14.