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Dreamers and Doers: Writing to Advocate With Immigrant Youth in Community-Based Organizations

Fri, April 9, 12:20 to 1:20pm EDT (12:20 to 1:20pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Writing and Literacies Roundtable Sessions


Student authors of Juntos NC Writing Project participated in the Literary and Community Initiative (LCI) to write, publish, and share their lived experiences and identities as Latinx immigrants and first-generation high school students. Throughout the publication process of their collaborative bilingual book titled The Voices of Our People: Nuestras Verdades, student authors actively engaged in pursuing advocacy and activism in three ways: a) community space as an intentional space for advocacy, b) writing as a vehicle for collective advocacy, and c) publishing and sharing as an opportunity for youth activism. Our findings show that in utilizing literacy practices, youth are able to collectively advocate for their community and become activists that write about and vocalize immigrant youths’ strengths and needs.