This year’s summit will focus on issues affecting children and youth coming to our state from Central America. Rev. Julio Ramirez-Eve will preach during opening worship and music will be a Latino praise band.
This event promises to accomplish four main goals:
• Offer a unique statewide, ecumenical gathering for faith leaders who work primarily with immigrant congregations;
• Help equip these faith leaders to deal with the daily challenges faced by their congregations, especially related to their immigration status;
• Provide a space for networking and sharing of best practices;
• Train immigrant rights allies, especially in faith communities, to organize and mobilize around immigration issues.
Workshop topics include:
- Faith Rooted Services and Advocacy for Unaccompanied Children in North Carolina: Lessons Learned.
- Access to Education & Farmworker Youth
- My Story, My Song: Songwriting with Immigrant Youth
- The “Unaccompanied Alien Child” (UAC) Crisis: Push Factors in Central America; The US Government Response; Legal Options and Difficulties for Immigrant Youths
- What’s a Green Card? How do I Get One? Can Executive Action Help Me?
- How Faith Communities Can Help Their Immigrant Neighbors
The summit will be completely bilingual, with all sessions interpreted simultaneously (as needed) and all written materials available in English and Spanish.
The schedule for the 2015 Summit is as follows:
- 9-9:30 Check in/Networking
- 9:30-10:15 Opening Worship
- 10:30-11:30 Workshop 1
- 11:30-12:15 Lunch/Networking
- 12:30-1:30 Workshop 2
Register online here. While the cost is free, donations for lunch are appreciated. All donations will go directly to the family preparing lunch. Contact Jennie Wilburn for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-828-6501.