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Using Technology to Engage Our Community

Jannette Diep, Executive Director, Boat People SOS-Houston shares her insights from our February 2018 conference in Miami. We learned a lot about technology this year. Although we learn about technology at every New Americans Campaign (NAC) conference, I think we learned even more this time around. The technology was at a different level, meaning that we […]

February 20, 2018

Mutual Recognition for New Americans Advances Democracy

Sam Gill is Vice President for Communities and Impact at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He gave the opening remarks on February 9, 2018 at the 6th Annual New Americans Campaign (NAC) Conference in Miami, FL. I’m delighted and grateful for the opportunity to speak to you. I’m the Vice President for […]

February 14, 2018

New Americans Campaign Partners Join Forces to Mobilize LPRs Seeking Citizenship

Melissa Rodgers, Director of the New Americans Campaign and Director of Programs at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, welcomed 300 attendees to the 6th Annual New Americans Campaign (NAC) National Naturalization Practitioners Conference being held at Miami Dade College, February 8-10, 2018.   It’s great to see all of you. I’ve been traveling a ton lately, […]

February 10, 2018

Lifting Barriers to Citizenship: The significance of Stanford’s Recent Study

Even the most vigorous citizenship promotion efforts fall flat if people must choose between paying a high application fee or paying the rent and putting food on the table. For eligible lawful permanent residents who have incomes at or below 150 percent of the poverty guidelines, the application fee may be waived. But for those […]

January 30, 2018

Marco Niama: Awaiting Naturalization and Dreaming of a Future in Politics

I am deeply inspired by the roots and reason for America’s existence, and have fully embraced this great country as my home, which is why I want to go through the next step of becoming an American: naturalization. I am 24 years old and from Ecuador, but Queens, New York is now my home. Having […]

January 23, 2018

A New Online Citizenship Course Prepares Applicants for Citizenship

The Sacramento County Office of Education, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the California State Library, and others recently partnered to meet the increasing need for citizenship preparation services. They developed an exciting free course for immigrants preparing for U.S. citizenship, now available on the USA Learns website.The USA Learns Citizenship course is a comprehensive free […]

December 1, 2017

New Americans Campaign Congratulates Partners on USCIS Grant Awards

Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 45 public and private nonprofit organizations across the country to help lawful permanent residents (LPRs) prepare for naturalization. The New Americans Campaign congratulates all those who were selected and is pleased to announce that out of the 45 awardees, […]

October 6, 2017

Volunteering to Help Aspiring Citizens Become New Americans

My journey as a social advocate began as a child, when my family left Cuba after the revolution. Like many exiles at that time, we wound up in South Florida, specifically, the rural town of Belle Glade. My American father was a sugar engineer in Cuba and transitioned easily into the industry in the United […]

September 14, 2017

How Volunteering Taught Me the Struggles Many Immigrants Face in America and Why It Matters

As a former educator, I spent many years working as a teacher, professor, principal and district superintendent. So it was second nature for me to continue teaching even after retiring from the field. It was through teaching ESL classes to low-income patients at a medical clinic in Chicago that I got a firsthand look at […]

September 14, 2017

Watch Hispanic Unity’s highlight video from the Miami NAC Mega Workshop

Earlier this year, the Miami NAC hosted a mega citizenship workshop day and Hispanic Unity of Florida shared this fantastic video. Check it out to see some familiar faces from North Carolina, Atlanta, Miami and San Francisco assisting clients!

September 1, 2017