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For my master’s project in the International Education concentration, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I chose to conduct an action research project where I worked with refugee youth aged twelve to fourteen in Springfield, Massachusetts, to facilitate them in creating digital narratives about their lives and experiences coming to the United States. From November 2014 through March 2015, I recruited seven students to participate in a 22-hour workshop I facilitated over twelve weeks. During the workshop, they learned about digital storytelling, wrote their stories, and created multimedia videos of these narratives. They shared their digital stories with each other, as well as at an exhibit at their school in March 2015 that was attended by parents, teachers, and school staff. I also asked participants about their experiences coming to the workshop sessions and creating their digital stories. This paper is a record of both the process of developing and facilitating the DST workshop and of what I learned from the participants’ experiences.