The Summit Area YMCA will inaugurate Welcome Week on Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm with a film presentation and discussion of “I Learn America” directed by Jean- Michel Dissard & Gitte Peng. The mission of Welcome Week is to inspire people to build inclusive communities that embrace immigrants and foster opportunity for all. The film has been showing nationwide at many high schools, colleges and universities.
In I Learn America, five resilient immigrant teenagers learn how to live in their new land. The International High School is a New York City public school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrant teenagers, with more than 300 students speaking two-dozen languages from 50 countries. The students strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, confront the universal trials of adolescence and search for a future they can claim as their own. Through these five vibrant young people’s stories and struggles and willingness to open their lives and share them; we learn America. In America, nearly one in four children is an immigrant or the child of immigrants.
The Summit YMCA’s mission and cause is to nurture the potential of children, motivate healthy living and foster as sense of social responsibility among the community. We welcome all, regardless of financial or physical circumstance and we strive every day to promote understanding, tolerance and compassion within our community. All area residents are invited to join the screening and discussion, to gain insight into how our new members of the community feel, and better understand how to be welcoming and inclusive. This event is free of charge. Further questions or to register please contact Sue Fieseler at 908-273-1167 or Sue.Fieseler@thesay.org
WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
WHERE: SUMMIT YMCA AUDITORIUM
COST: FREE & OPEN TO ALL
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information regarding “I Learn America”, please visit http://ilearnamerica.com/the-film/
Keep up to date with more Welcome Week events at our Summit Area YMCA Calendar! Visit www.theSAY.org/calendar for more information!
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