Special guest, John Seidlitz, is on the show to tell us about an incredible opportunity on July 21, 2021.
The free conference, Amplifying the Voices of Unaccompanied Minors, will feature inspiring speakers who have lived the experience of being an unaccompanied minor.
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This is an opportunity for teachers and program leaders school leaders to hear actual stories of adults who came to the United States and arrived without their parents.
This event is being brought to us by Seidlitz Education
in partnership with Inlier Learning
. The CEO of Inlier Learning is Orly Klapholz .
I often mention her for her work in the area of SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education).
John explains that he became passionate about supporting this cause after different experiences with unaccompanied youth and also recently with some adults who had been unaccompanied minors earlier in life. Stephen Hurley, like many of our listeners, is not in an area of the world that is seeing large numbers of children crossing the border without adults. He asked John to explain more about who these children are and why they are unaccompanied.
John gave some common reasons. For example,
- Poverty. Parents may have left their children with relatives while they come to the US to work in an attempt to escape extreme poverty. Children may come to the US in search of those parents
- Danger. I had a student who was without their parents in the United States. His situation was that once he became a teenager, he was captured by gangs more than once. He decided to make the journey to the U.S. While it was dangerous to do so, it was less dangerous than his life had become in his home country
The speakers at the event will include:
and one of her students. Her story is particularly meaningful to me as we were able to use her blogposts
about her journey to inspire so many of my students.
grew up in Shiraz, Iran where she was surrounded by Persian poetry and art. John points out that Ari’s story is different from what many of us envision when we think of unaccompanied youth. Ari is a journalist, author, and Iranian Musical Ambassador of Peace.
DR. JOSE LUIS ZELAYA
grew up in San Pedro Sula in Honduras and came to the U.S. as a child with two bullet holes in his legs. He has since graduated with a PhD in Urban Education from Texas A&M University.
Educators like Larry Ferlazzo and Pamela Broussard
regularly offer their students opportunities to share their stories. They have inspired many other teachers like me to do the same. It is always successful and powerful for the presenter and for those that get to listen.
I feel like that is my biggest takeaway. The power of stories. They can help us build empathy, they can inspire and they can help us understand how to support our students.
I hope to see you at the Amplifying the Voices of Unaccompanied Minors conference. Look for me in the chat and to be tweeting about it with the hashtag: #VoicesofUnaccompaniedMinors
Thanks again to Stephen Hurly and to John Seidlitz for joining us on this show.
And thank you for listening or reading this post!
I hope to hear from you about it.