Our project takes place at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA, one of the most language diverse high schools in the U.S. This is the sixth year of the project. The students in our project have migrated from their home countries due to war, violence, poverty, lack of education and health care, and other issues that have affected their own and their family’s safety and survival. Many have lived in refugee camps before arriving in the U.S.
Our innovative approach to learning through poetry provides our students with individual mentoring toward improving their English language writing and speaking skills, while at the same time they are encouraged to tell the deeply personal and often harrowing stories that honor their individual and cultural identities and give witness to their courage and resilience.
We believe that our community is made stronger when the voices of those who are not often heard are more widely celebrated. Voice and visibility in the community are at the heart of our literary arts community project.
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