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 Report May 2019

We'll be wrapping up our last Spring class on May 25, and are looking forward to our summer session beginning Saturday, June 29.

We are always amazed at the hard work and commitment that our students put into becoming US citizens, and especially appreciate the dedication of our volunteers that help them along the way.

We'll be celebrating 29 new citizens when we attend the Naturalization Ceremony on May 17, and we hope to register all 29! To add to the festivities, one of our students will receive her citizenship that day. The next ceremony will be held on Friday, June 21 at 9:30 am at Hibernian Hall in Schenectady.

As always, if you'd like to help with either the Citizenship Mentoring Group or one of the naturalization ceremonies, contact: Ann Hatke at

Citizenship Mentoring Report April 2019

The Spring session for citizenship classes began on March 30, and we are off to a great start with twelve students, six of whom are also going to be working with our volunteer tutors. Two new League members, Barbara Notch and Ani Shahinian, have been trained for citizenship tutoring, and we're delighted to have them both!

The most recent naturalization ceremony on March 29 was ably handled by our dedicated volunteers. Forty Six new citizens were registered. The next ceremony will be a special Law Day event on Wednesday, May 1 that will be held at the Schenectady City Hall. We were invited to give a short speech on this occasion. There will be another ceremony on Friday, May 17 at the Hibernian Hall on State Street.

If you are interested in helping out in citizenship class or at one of the naturalization ceremonies, contact Ann Hatke at 518-346-1584 or

2019 Naturalization Ceremonies Dates

The dates of the 2019 Schenectady County naturalization ceremonies are now available. If you would like to attend, or help, please contact Ann Hatke. The dates are:

Friday, January 25 Friday, March 29 May (date TBA) - special session for Law Day Friday, May 17 Friday, June 21 Friday, July 19 Friday, August 23 Friday, September 20 Friday, October 18 Friday, November 22

Location: Hibernian Hall - 1748 State Street in Schenectady

Time: ceremonies begin at 9:30 am

Contact: Ann Hatke 518-669-4206 or

Citizenship Mentoring Overview

The Citizenship Mentoring helps legal residents prepare for US Citizenship. We do not have 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.