Volunteers needed for summer youth leadership programChildren of Immigrants
By Beth Rickers
That image seemed appropriate when one of the participants suggested “Dream Catchers” as a name for a youth leadership program initiated by Familias Juntas, the local organization that works with immigrant children. Familias Juntas was founded to help children meet for the first time their extended families in Guatemala; it was the subject of a documentary film by native Guatemalan director Luis Argueta that shed light on the immigration system and separation of families.
The summer program is an extension of that effort, explained project coordinator Lisa Kremer.
“In May, I made a trip to Washington, D.C., with a couple of the kids from Familias Juntas for a showing of ‘Abrazos’ at the Migration Policy Institute,” Kremer said. “These two girls I took along did great, but we realized …”