The Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project calls upon poetry as a means of bringing the students’ experiences of forced migration and immigration to the larger community to empower students by providing them with opportunities to use their artistic voices to become important ambassadors for creating broader understanding of the consequences of war, forced migration and immigration for young people. Students in the project learn how to create poetry about their experiences as immigrants and refugees. They share their dreams and hopes and they give voice and expression to their identities as immigrants and refugees in a new country and culture. They are peace-makers with much wisdom to impart to the larger community. Bringing their voices to a wide audience is an essential part of our mission. The project takes place at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA which is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. The majority of young people in the project are ethnic minorities who have experienced violent conflicts in their home countries; many have lived in refugee camps for most of their lives. Each young person in the project will be the first to attend and graduate from a high school in the US.
The Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project has been a Shunpike-affiliated project since November 2013.