In an innovative project from
This tool and process could be a great way to kick off service-learning projects related to issues of naturalization and immigration.
What are the challenges associated with legal and illegal immigration?
What role have immigrants played in US History?
What are the needs of various immigrant groups in your community?
Are there challenges in your community that require input from a diverse range of participants
How can students help overcome barriers between different cultural groups to create a stronger community?
Could students at your school produce a tool similar to the Indiana Passport to highlight different groups in your community?
In a similar project, students in a World History class in
Nate Ivy, Service Learning Regional Lead
(Original posting from Kerri Davis, Service-Learning Coordinator,
In 2008 one of our high school GT History/English classes also sought to address immigration and naturalization due in part to a rise in various ethnic groups, including a large Chin refugee population. In short, the class partnered with the International Center of Indianapolis (ICI) to become instructors of ICI's citizenship course to explain the naturalization process in more detail to middle school students. The students took it a step farther and decided to gather the stories of local immigrants and publish their own book. The book "Stirring the Melting Pot" has received much attention in our area and has helped to ease the tension in our ever-expanding, diverse community. The book and project are considered a Best Practice by Learn and Serve Indiana/IDOE.
Service Learning Coordinator