An Emmy Award-winning television show created to help immigrant New Yorkers practice English.

Posters in Spanish, Chinese, and English for We Are New York. Click the link to enlarge.

We Are New York is a 9-episode broadcast TV drama used as an English language and civic engagement tool for immigrant New Yorkers. It was a project of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York.

Kayhan wrote the scripts and created a linked, community-based conversation initiative that brought thousands of immigrants, throughout the five boroughs, together to practice English in volunteer-led conversation groups.

She also created educational comic books based on the series which were translated into 5 languages and distributed in NYC public hospitals, courts, CBOs and local meeting places.

Kayhan at the 2010 New York Emmy Awards with her Emmy as screenwriter for We Are New York.