Best Practices and Innovations for Naturalization Workshops: Volunteers and Partnerships
Providing high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable naturalization services to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) is a multi-faceted and complex process that often requires coordination among many individuals and organizations. To increase the efficiency of naturalization efforts, CLINIC emphasizes a naturalization model that relies on workshops or clinics to complete applications. A naturalization workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist LPRs in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). Workshops are usually held a central location in the community that can accommodate large numbers of applicants, such as a community college or parish hall. A naturalization clinic, on the other hand, is a smaller scale event that usually takes place in the organization’s offices rather than an outside location. For more information on workshops, see CLINIC’s Naturalization Workshop Toolkit.
Part of the challenge in conducting naturalization workshop events is in galvanizing the participation of many individuals and organizations that make them a success. This document examines best practices when considering the formation of partnerships and the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.