For Allyson, the experience to edit Green Card Voices: Immigration Stories From an Atlanta High School was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She was a part of a team of student editors from Kennesaw State University who assisted a group of teenage immigrants in telling their story of their journey to the United States.
Allyson worked with a young Bengali man, HM Sakim, who is enrolled at Cross Keys High School. She transcribed his initial narrative from a video recording, then met with Sakim to develop his story further. Collaboratively, they created a chronicle of Sakim’s departure from an abusive father in Bangladesh to his adventures with his mother and little brother in adjusting to American life. This experience not only gave Allyson a chance to hone her editing skills, but it moved her emotionally and gave her a deeper understanding about the plight of immigrants in the current political climate.
Green Card Voices: Immigration Stories From an Atlanta High School is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.
All images courtesy of Green Card Voices.