Making Democracy Work

Citizenship Mentoring

Citizenship Mentoring is non-partisan and aims to assist eligible permanent residents prepare for US Citizenship. Citizens participate in the democratic process by exercising their right to vote; only citizens can vote in federal, New York State, and local elections. The League of Women Voters believes in promoting the democratic process.

Citizenship Mentoring

We are so excited to have the opportunity to serve our community by providing citizenship preparation classes. It all started when Martha Butler, Director of the Office for New Americans (ONA) in Albany, recently met with interested league members and talked about the difficulties faced by many legal residents who wish to become U.S. citizens.

In typical league fashion, we felt there was no reason why we, as the Schenectady LWV, couldn't take action, and so the Citizenship Mentoring Group was formed! We organized a core group to study the area of the greatest need, what we can reasonably offer with the limited resources we have, and how to actually provide the service. We do not have any outside sources of income; these classes are solely funded by the Schenectady LWV. Thanks to the Schenectady County Public Library system, we were able to obtain the use of a room at the Bornt Library, 948 State Street. This location is easily accessible for anyone interested in taking advantage of our classes which will focus on helping eligible residents prepare for the naturalization interview and test. We are planning on holding weekly classes for an 8 to 10 week period starting in October. Dates will be announced later.

If you are interested in learning more about citizenship through naturalization, there are ample resources and information on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website:. There is even a sample USCIS Naturalization and Test Video which explains the process.

We will be holding an informational meeting on June 20th from 3 to 4 PM at the Bornt Library for anyone interested in learning more about the naturalization process and what we are planning.

Information Session

Enthusiastic planning is well underway for the LWVSC Citizenship Mentoring Group. We have set a projected start date of Tuesday, October 3 at the Bornt Library in Schenectady.

The organizing committee has been meeting regularly and has begun gathering materials, studying lesson plans, discussing volunteer opportunities, and putting together a structure for the classes.

Interested in learning how you can help? More information will soon be available; plan to attend the Orientation/ Information Session that will be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm at the Bornt Library, (948 State Street in Schenectady). A Training Class for volunteers will be held in September. Want more information now? Contact Ann Hatke at hatkeann@gmail.com.