Partnership Launches Ambitious Citizenship Program
Coordinated events on Saturday, March 24 to train 1,000 citizenship volunteers
Although there are over 8 million lawful permanent residents (LPR) across the country eligible to become citizens, less than 1 million of them naturalize every year. Starting this Saturday, the National Partnership for New Americans aims to change this dynamic by training long-term volunteers who are committed to transforming LPRs into active citizens.
On Saturday March 24, the Partnership is launching its ambitious citizenship program, Become a Citizen Now!, to train over 1,000 Citizenship Coaches who can build national capacity over the next year to meet the Partnership’s collective goal of naturalizing 3,650 citizens, assist almost 13,000 legal permanent residents, and outreach to almost 73,000 people in 2012.
Citizenship Coaches are volunteers who believe that immigration makes America stronger and will donate their skills and time to help Partners host successful citizenship clinics across the country. This Saturday’s training will enable coaches to help LPR’s throughout the citizenship process, including completing N-400 applications, legal screening, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, and other event logistics.
Find out more about the trainings these Partners are hosting locally:
The Partnership is also announcing the launch of a new website, www.partnershipfornewamericans.org, as a tool to assist eligible legal permanent residents to become citizens.
“The Partnership brings together local energy and volunteer boots on the ground to make a tangible impact nationwide, with real numbers,” said Joshua Hoyt, Co-Chair of the Partnership and Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “We have a deep reach into immigrant communities that understands the needs while creating opportunities for them to become citizens and active in their communities.”