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October 12, 2010 > New Haven Adult School receives Education grant

New Haven Adult School receives Education grant

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The New Haven Adult School, in collaboration with Centro de Servicos, has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration.

The grant was announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which last week awarded a total of $7.8 million to 75 organizations from 27 states and the District of Columbia. USCIS seeks to expand citizenship preparation programs for lawful permanent residents, to ensure that those committed to the goal of U.S. citizenship receive the support they need to be successful.

New Haven Adult will receive $63,500 and Centro de Servicos, which helps underserved residents throughout the Tri-City area, particularly in the Decoto neighborhood of Union City, will receive $36,500. The money will be used to serve lawful permanent residents from Mexico, China, Afghanistan, India and Vietnam, to improve their English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history and government as they prepare for citizenship.

In conjunction with the grant, Superintendent Kari McVeigh announced that the New Haven Unified School District would make available two classrooms -- on the campus of the former Barnard-White Middle School in the Decoto neighborhood -- to the Adult School and Centro.

"The grant will enable us to more than double our education and naturalization efforts with the underserved immigrant population and help us provide outreach assistance to immigrant populations not traditionally served," said Nancy George, Director of Adult Education & Intervention Services for the District.

The Adult School will provide eight additional citizenship education classes - in learning English and civics and understanding the citizenship procedure and the right to vote - for 300 students, preparing them for the citizenship test.

Centro de Servicios will use its share of the grant to help 700 additional persons complete the paperwork necessary for citizenship, Executive Director Jaime Jaramillo said. Centro will provide multilingual translation and interpretation of naturalization application requirements, instructions, and documents. Centro also will conduct specialized intake processes and document checks and provide case management and quarterly workshops.

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