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.
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.
Ann Hatke will hold the first training session, required for volunteers, on Tuesday, September 19 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Phyllis Bornt Library. If needed, an additional session will be held the following week on September 26 at the same time and place. In addition, the Citizenship Mentoring Group Committee will meet in August as it continues to fine-tune this new program. The Mentoring Group program will officially begin on October 3. If you're interested in volunteering, and would like to attend the training session, please contact Ann Hatke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(If you are volunteering as a conversation group mentor, you will not need to stay for the whole training session.)
We hope to see you there.
If you have any questions or need any additional information call
Ann Hatke, Coordinator
Citizenship Mentoring Group
518-346-1584 or email@example.com
League Members: If you have any contacts with our immigrant community, we hope you'll let them know about our program that begins October 3. We'd be happy to supply you with Elyers about our classes, one-on-one tutoring, and conversation groups. Contact Ann Hatke at 518-346-1584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.