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Festival of nations

Jeannine's Story

Every year, 1000 people volunteer at the Festival of Nations. This year, Jeannine took her volunteering a step further.

Every year, she participates in the Colombian Cafe as a steering committee member, and dances with Grupo de Danzas Colombianas. Through the Festival, Jeannine learned about the English-Language classes at the International Institute. 

 
 
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This year, Jeannine wrote about her volunteer experience, winning the Making it Matter award at Medica, her employer. Medica made a donation in her name to the English-Language program at the Institute. 

The Festival has created an amazing global community in the Twin Cities. We're grateful for volunteers like Jeannine, who recognize the connection between celebrating culture and welcoming the newest immigrant groups who will contribute their traditions and celebration to the fabric of our community.

 
 
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We could tell 4319 stories.

Every New American who walks through our doors has a powerful story. We wish we could introduce you to everyone. Since we can't tell 4319 client stories, here are six that perfectly represent our mission.

 

 

CAREER PATHWAYS

"As a nursing assistant, I gained the experience I needed to make me a better nurse."

Read Nour's story >

COLLEGE READINESS ACADEMY

"With this program, I understood what I had to do."

Read Gnande's story >

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES

"I feel 100% safe, and for the first time ever I feel I am at home."

Read Suleiman's story >

 

IMMIGRATION SERVICES

"People have heard about [DACA] but they don’t know the facts."

Read Mariana's Story >

REFUGEE SERVICES

"My dad just got here two months ago. We’d been apart 3 years. I don’t know how to explain, we were all very happy and excited."

Read Raouf's story >

LETTER FROM OUR DIRECTOR

Some people have asked whether we’re concerned about our future. We answer with a resounding “no.”

Read Jane's Story >