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Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation

The citizenship test, especially the English language requirement, often poses a major challenge for older applicants.  How can citizenship teachers and program administrators best meet the special needs of an older learner?  What are the best strategies for success?  Join us for this webinar about promising practices in instruction and program design for elders in your community.  We will also discuss suggestions for learning activities, cultural considerations, and strategies to address common health issues.  This webinar is based on CLINIC's handbook by the same

Naturalization Group Application Workshops

Held on November 17, 2011. 

What are the benefits of naturalization group application workshops?  How can you plan for a successful event?  This webinar discusses workshop models and approaches; planning for a workshop; and stages of the workshop event.  Speakers also provide tips for working with the media and recruiting volunteers.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC and Lizette Marquez-Escobedo, National Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO Educational Fund.

Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants Webinar

Held on September 12, 2011.  This webinar discusses several key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants overcome barriers in the naturalization process.  Topics include disability waivers, reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, due consideration on the citizenship test, and fee waivers for low-income applicants.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC; Alla Shagalova, Associate Director, Immigration Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; and Amy Tenney, Immigration Legal Services Staff Attorney, World Relief. 

Creating a Citizenship Preparation Program

Citizenship test preparation and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. A prospective bill for comprehensive immigration reform will most likely bring changes in legal and language requirements for citizenship. It is the job of all legal service providers and teaching professionals working with the foreign born to anticipate these requirements and prepare clients in advance. The Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit will be helpful to anyone seeking ways to better serve the foreign born as they prepare to naturalize.

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