Define American and the Idaho Press joined forces to host a community storytelling workshop in Nampa, Idaho. A dozen storytellers from unique backgrounds filled the Idaho Press newsroom to learn how to become better storytellers and to share their perspectives with each other. We asked participants to talk about how their personal or family immigration story informs the way they think about American and Idaho culture and identity.

Raquel Reyes was born in Whittier, California, and raised in the rural agricultural town of Wilder, Idaho. She attended and graduated from Wilder schools and attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Her mother was from Reynosa, Mexico, and her father from Santa Rosa, Te…

Rebecca De León and Ruben Pedraza met 11 years ago, and have been married for nearly six years. Rebecca was born in the United States and Ruben was born just outside Mexico City. Ruben didn't fully understand that he was coming into the United States without following the proper channels, bu…

Besima Kajdic lives in Boise. She has four children and two grandchildren who are her whole world. She has a career in healthcare which keeps her busy, but in her free time she enjoys being outdoors in the garden or running after her grandkids playing games. 

Armina Kajdic was born in Germany and raised in Boise. She is 23 years old and has a career as an executive assistant for a local real estate company. In her free time she dances with the Bosnian folk group, Mladi Behar, & spends as much time outdoors as she can. 

Salome Mwangi is a native of Kenya who in 2004 moved to the U.S. through the refugee resettlement program. She shares her life’s experiences with the Treasure Valley community that she calls home, and uses them to build bridges and help demystify some of the perceived narratives that each si…

Rosseli Guerrero is one of the 700,000 to 800,000 DACA recipients living in the U.S. She hopes that by sharing her story it will not only take away some misconceptions that people have about immigration, but that it will encourage others to share their story. Regardless of the obstacles she’…