Welcoming Week 2020 – September 12-20

View Lists of Books and Movies for Youth and Adults to Further Enrich Your Welcoming Week Experience


Communities and Organizations Across the US, Including the YMCA of Greater Nashua, Joins Welcoming America in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week

This Welcoming Week (September 12-20), the YMCA of Greater Nashua will join Welcoming America and other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. To ensure the safety and participation of all, the Y’s 2020 Welcoming Week events will be virtual and tied closely to social media posts and engagement in those spaces.

“It is critically important to celebrate Welcoming Week in 2020, as our country faces the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread civil unrest caused by systemic racism,” said Micheal LaChance, CEO. “At the Y, we seek to build bridges and heal communities, and we invite neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to use Welcoming Week as an opportunity to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values and contributions.”


During Welcoming Week, the YMCA of Greater Nashua we ask that you engage with the posts on our web site and utilize the below lists to further enrich your Welcoming Week experience:



Stories tend to help us relate to and further understand complex subjects. Stories like those found in the books below can help our community’s youth understand the many facets, challenges and opportunities of immigration in America. Take a look at these Great Reads on Immigration for Youth and Adults.

Books for Kids and Young Readers
“Front Desk” by Kelly Yang
“The Only Road” by Alexandria Diaz
“Other Words For Home” by Jasmine Warga
“The Day You Begin” by Jaqueline Woodson
“From North to South” by René Laínez
“A Different Pond” by Bao Phi
“Two White Rabbits” by Jairo Buitrago

Books for Adults
“Exit West” by Moshin Hamid
“The Good Immigrant” Edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman
“Home Fire” by Kamila Shamsie
“Unaccompanied” by Javier Zamora
“Call Me American” by Abdi Nor Iftin
“Things Are Good Now” by Djamila Ibrahim
“Refuge” by Dina Nayeri
“The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
“The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui



Films and movies help us better understand complex subjects through great visuals and acting. Stories like those found in the movies below can help our community understand the many facets, challenges and opportunities of immigration in America. Take a look at these Great Films on Immigration for Youth and Adults.

Films for Adults
“I Learn America” Directed by Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng
“Vida Diferida” Directed by Brenda Ávila-Hanna
“Brooklyn” Directed by John Crowley
“Fatima’s Drawings” Directed by Magnus Wenman
“The Namesake” Directed by Mira Nair
“Waking Dream” Directed by Theo Rigby
“A Better Life” Directed by Chris Weitz
“Made in L.A.” Directed by Almudena Carracedo
“Which Way Home” Directed by Rebecca Cammisa

Films For Kids
“An American Tail” Directed by Don Bluth



About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 12-20 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.

Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. www.welcomingamerica.org.


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