American Stories: New Start


UPDATE DECEMBER 2012! Haejin is featured in the Guilford County Schools news!

And check out the holiday video made by the students that Haejin worked with here

See the online photo album of Haejin's photo exhibit opening here!

Guilford County School News. December 14, 2012

Senior Captures Newcomers Student Stories in Display
Haejin Song, a senior at The Early College at Guilford, recently held an exhibit highlighting students from the Doris Henderson Newcomers School. During the past two years, Haejin has invested her time working with students at this school as a mentor and tutor.

Through her work and interactions with Newcomers students, who are new to America, she asked elementary and high school age students what their dreams and goals were and why they came to America. 

In partnership with several organizations and student groups including Guilford College, Newcomers, American Friends Service Committee, Guilford College Art Gallery and the Center for Principled Problem Solving, Haejin was able to create a display showcasing the personal reflections of 15 of the students she interviewed.

Photographers from the Guilford College Student Photography Group accompanied Haejin to Newcomers to take photographs of the students involved, and these photos were displayed as part of the exhibit, which closes today.

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Original article from afsc.org: American Stories: New Start

Haejin Song, a senior at The Early College at Guilford and an intern in AFSC's North Carolina office, will be displaying photographs and self-written reflections of immigrant youth taken while working with the students  in an exhibition at Guilford College. The opening reception will be on Friday, November 9 from 11am-1pm.

Haejin says, "I developed an idea for this exhibition while serving as a volunteer at Doris Henderson Newcomers School, which is five minutes away from Guilford College. Newcomers is a school for recently arrived immigrant and refugee students from grades 3-12, and serve as their first U.S. school experience."

Haejin continues, "As an immigrant myself, I recall my initial memories of America. I wanted to provide a way so that the Newcomers students could also recall and reflect on their first experiences, such as this project that they took part in. I wanted this exhibition to be a positive mark of their beginnings in this country that’s now their home. It’s a new start for them. And these personal reflections are part of their American stories. "

Haejin is one of three interns in the NC office participating in the Youth Cultural Media project. Over the next several months, each of the three interns will participate in trainings on a number of issues, including peace, discrimination, diversity and inclusiveness, and skills, including digital storytelling.  They will be using these themes and skills when they meet with their respective small groups of young people for monthly leadership workshops. Haejin's group is at the Newcomers School, and the photography exhibit is one of their projects.  

The reception for "American Stories:  New Start" will be on November 9th from 11am-1pm at Guilford College's Hege Library.

Read a bio of Haejin and the other Fall 2012 AFSC-NC interns here!