Beaming the Angel Island Immigration Station Experience into Classrooms Throughout California

Thanks to our supporters, PORTS, our new youth education program that enables students throughout California to virtually explore the US Immigration Station and the timely topic of immigration has launched.   Students that may never have the opportunity to physically visit the island now can with our new interactive videoconferencing program, developed with our California State Park partners.

With the program, students will tour the U.S. Immigration Station Barracks with a State Park Interpreter during a videoconference session, learning about the immigration process and what life was like in the barracks through primary source materials and the poems etched into the walls. The Immigration unit also includes a three-part curriculum for teachers. With immigration continuing to capture news headlines, the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station and the people from more than 80 countries who were detained there provide a critical perspective on immigration and the elemental role of immigrants in America.

This program is a key strategy in achieving our vision of having the Immigration Station--its history and impact--included in our national dialogue.  Our goal is to reach 6,000 students in our first year and expand annually.