The subject of this TT interview, Angy Rivera, started the first advice blog for undocumented youth and is a core member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the first organization in New York led by undocumented youth. Rivera has a YouTube channel where viewers can access her advice, poetry, humor and activism.
- How can social media be used for activism to promote dialogue and understanding around difficult issues?
- What problems do undocumented youth face in everyday life?
- Visit the “Ask Angy” YouTube Channel.
- Review the videos listed below in advance of showing them to students. It’s important to remember that you may have undocumented students in your classroom who have not revealed their immigration status to you. As you review the videos, mentally prepare to respond to the strong emotions that these videos may evoke in students.
- Begin by sharing Rivera’s story with students: Undocumented and Unafraid in New York.
Use the videos and prompts below to engage your students in discussion and writing about immigration and the experiences of undocumented youth.
Prompt: What might a day in the life of an undocumented person be like in your community?
Prompt: Where do you see yourself in five years? Two years? One year? Are you scared of the future?
Prompt: What is something that you are “more than”? What part of your identity do people have trouble seeing past?
Prompt: Put yourself in Angy’s shoes that day. How does it feel? Would you have been able to do what she did?
Prompt: What is the best piece of advice you can take from Angy’s video?
Prompt: Do you think health services should be provided to undocumented immigrants?
Prompt: How does immigration policy affect mixed-status families?
Prompt: What do you hear Angy saying she needs from her friends?
Prompt: Would you date—or have you ever dated—someone with a different immigration status from yours?