08/13/16  •  Des Moines

The legend of the Humming Bird

After immigrating to the United States, John Paul confronts challenges at school. But as he grows, he begins to draw meaning from a story his grandmother used to tell, the Mayan legend of the humming bird.

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John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas is the State 4-H youth development program director, the first Latino in the country to be appointed to the position. He's been nationally recognized for his work with under-served youth. Originally from Guatemala, as a young adult Chaisson-Cardenas worked in meatpacking to put himself through school, and it was there that he began his work as an advocate, community organizer and educator.

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