Yasmany shares his Welcoming Story of coming to the United States from Cuba in 2008. Yasmany's wild imagination allowed him to create a glamorous vision of himself in the United States. He reveals his initial disappointment about arriving in Miami. Yasmany divulges that a move to New York, and becoming best friends with two other immigrant students, Mike and Yandoli, allowed him to finally discover his American “swag”.

Co-produced by the Human Rights class at Newcomers High School: Christian Sugiarto, Jessica Melchiorre, Rosanna Abreu, Wensi Weng, Owen Zhou, John Gonzalez, Yinghang Yang, Maciej Deptula, Danling Cai. Interviewed by Julie Mann.

The Welcoming Stories Workshop is an education outreach program created by First Person American. The Welcoming Stories Workshop encourages students to become more welcoming, and to inspire other immigrant students to share their own story about someone who made a big difference in their lives when they first arrived. The films produced in collaboration with Julie Mann’s Human Rights class at Newcomers High School—a 100% immigrant high school in Long Island City, Queens, New York. The workshop was funded, in part, by the Facing History and Ourselves, Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award.

First Person American focuses on stories of modern immigrants in the US, and explores what it means to be American through the lens of the immigrant in an expressive, personal and narrative style. First Person American aims to change the public’s perception of immigrants and to interject a new voice through deep and poignant portraits of people who immigrated to America. The mission of First Person American is to have a transformative effect on individual immigrant and non-immigrant lives and communities. For more information, please visit firstpersonamerican.org and follow on Twitter @FPAmerican.

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