Mega Citizenship Drive RECAP at the Bronx Zoo
Courtesy of The New Americans Campaign – Twitter
CITIZENSHIP is the name, DOMINICANOS USA is the game! The First Mega Citizenship Drive was hosted by the New Americans Campaign Partners in New York and New Jersey! Are part of a national network of respected immigration organizations that provide free legal assistance to aspiring citizens, making the naturalization process easy to navigate and successful. The Mega Citizenship Drive took place on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Schiff Family Great Hall of the Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
First and foremost. A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers and partners for helping making the Mega Citizenship DRIVE be possible! Shout out to The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), NYS New Americans, New-York Historical Society (NYHSociety) and many many more! With over 300 applicants and over 100 volunteers we made it!
The process of the Mega Citizenship Drive
The location had designated stations where each applications had to go through FYI these steps don’t have to be accomplished in chronological order, some applicants are able to mix and match these steps:
- Line – This is the place where the applicants would wait and also fill out some paperwork.
- Check in – Consisted of having an excel spreadsheet of all the people who set an appointment for the event, the people at the check-in had to double check the information that was filled ou during the initial step (waiting in line).
- Screening wait area – Where applicants waited to be screened
- Screening area – The pretty fish bowl shown below, this is where applicants began the process of being screened, along with some translators if needed.
- Fee waiver – This area was specific for people who qualified for the fee waiver, can be skipped.
- N-400 Wait – Where applicants wait to receive assistance with their applications
- N-400 Preparation
- Final Review Wait – Here applicants wait to have their applications reviewed one las ttime
- Final Review – Filled with quality control and happiness.
Testimonials of the Mega Citizenship Drive
Also, Rubby Rendón hablando de su experiencia hoy en el mega taller de ciudadanía!
Another participant, Pedro Torres tells us about his experience today! For more visit: www.DominicanosUSA.org
Delta Chavez Taveras sharing her experience on today’s Mega
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After a long days work..
Dominicanos USA’s latest citizenship workshop was a huge success! Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers ranging from full-time students to full-time employees! Also a big gracias to our wonderful lawyers for attending and partaking in the pre-screening process and the Work Learn Grow program for helping the youth participate in the community’s overall growth by engaging with the legalization process. 48 people arrived and we managed to complete a total of 33 citizenship applications, which is a great turn out.
Community outreach has always been a main factor at Dominicanos USA. As a Graphic Designer and Web Developer filling in for our amazing blogger, I can honestly tell you that each and every corner of DUSA involves the community (trust me I’ve canvassed for these people). Our organization takes the community seriously I tell you! It’s a great and fulfilling experience overall, and I’m so glad to be a part of it.
Creating a pathway to citizenship is a direct injection of new voters into the political system. We created a model and path to ensure individuals receive needed support. At a time when the nation is divided and anti-immigration at rhetoric, we at DUSA believe immigrants are the strong pillars of this nation. Thus, it’s important for us to provide these workshops to empower immigrants and the overall community. To support this program or other youth development and civic integration programs here at DUSA, donate here.
This winter, Dominicanos USA has partnered up with the New York Historical Society to give free civics classes to green card holders in preparation for their naturalization interview. The series of classes will be hosted at our Bronx office and will be available to individuals who are permanent residents. These free civics classes are part of DUSA’s mission to help immigrants from our community become naturalized citizens.
The New-York Historical Society offers FREE civics classes for green card holders on the path to American citizenship. The 24-hour course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview.
The interactive course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants will explore the Museum and learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from our collection. Classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners.
The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!
“When I shared with my friends about the sessions, they asked me why not just memorize the 100 items for the citizenship exams?
My reply was: I’m a visual person and I usually internalize an info or issue with actual viewing and hearing, and that it is my intention to understand better the history of the United States.”
-Elsie, originally from the Philippines
New Courses Start This Winter
January 6 – February 3
Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
January 9 – February 15
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 8pm
February 17 – March 10
Saturdays, 10am – 4pm