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Faces and Voices of Refugee Youth A Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Teachers and Counselors


Kelen, Joyce


Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Education Foundation

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

n.d., 57 pages

Description of Resource

Guides middle school and high school teachers through curricula highlighting the experiences and issues surrounding refugees and immigrants using an award-winning documentary photography and oral history exhibition called Faces and Voices of Refugee Youth. This exhibit, originally displayed as part of the 2002 Cultural Olympiad in conjunction with the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, recounts the struggles of over 1,800 youth refugee who resettled in Utah. The exhibit will reopen in 2009 at the Leonardo Museum's Center for Documentary Arts (CDA) in Salt Lake City. The curriculum guide's four sections offer: (1) an integrated guide for middle school teachers; (2) a culture, citizenship, and conflict resolution guide; (3) an analysis for ninth grade geography/social studies classes; and (4) activities for high school English classes. Exercises enhance awareness and empathy for refugees and require students to develop a definition of a refugee, to determine the organizations and personal responsibility for assisting refugees, to compare and contrast the experiences and emotions of a young newcomer, to locate native countries on a map using the grid system, to analyze conflicts, and to articulate the concepts of human rights, citizenship, asylum, racism, and culture. The curriculum guide can be used in support of a visit to the exhibition or on its own, without ever personally viewing the exhibit. (IP)