11th Annual Gala & Book Launch: Becoming Neighbors
Green Card Voices

When: May 18th, 2023 6:00 PM CST

Where: The International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108


About the Event

Green Card Voices is excited to announce our 11th Annual Gala: Becoming Neighbors, to be held at the International Institute of Minnesota in Saint Paul on May 18th from 6-9 PM. Join us for another year of celebrating the resilience and courage of immigrant storytellers.  

We launch our latest book, My City Was a Sparkling Jewel: Voices of Newcomer Youth from Afghanistan. This book is the newest installment in our youth voices series.  This book captures the journeys of 19 young men and 11 young women whose lives were radically disrupted after American troops pulled out of Afghanistan in August 2021. Contributors aged 15 to 20 come from diverse ethnicities, languages, and backgrounds. 

You will be served a delicious Persian dinner and treated to moving testimonies from our resilient storytellers speaking to the challenges faced, opportunities grasped, and dreams these youth had—and still have—for themselves and their families. Listen to a panel explaining the complicated process of creating a book about youth from many different ethnic groups, speaking various languages that all had to be translated into English. And last but not least, you’ll have a chance to play our famed card game, Story Stitch.

Dress to impress. Black tie optional.



  • 6:00 pm — Check-in and Networking
  • 6:45 pm — Dinner Program
  • Book Process Walk Through
  • Panel Discussion- Youth from Afghanistan and Partners
  • Story Stitch
  • 8:30 pm — Awards
  • 8:45 — Fund the Need
  • 9 pm — Give-and-Receive Checkout
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