Citizenship Corners in Library and its Prospect Growth

Global Cleveland is dedicated to being a resource to the international community of Cleveland. Libraries play an important role in raising awareness about the naturalization process and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. In an attempt to make resources regarding citizenship more readily available, we have been partnering with local library branches to install Citizenship Corners. At each location, local librarians will be able to direct visitors to their citizenship corner set up, explaining the resources that are made available to them.

Global Cleveland, with the help and support of our libraries, hopes to have many other citizenship corners established in coming days. Global Cleveland is actively empowering our international community by increasing awareness of citizenship opportunities and other pertinent areas of interest to immigrants. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Supriya Tamang at Supriya@globalcleveland.

The dedicated spaces in the library provide immigrants a safe space where they can find information about becoming a U.S. citizen. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Department has developed educational materials to help prepare individuals for naturalization. Each corner will be stocked with copies of:

  • USCIS Civics
  • Citizenship Toolkit,
  • Naturalization Interview
  • Test Video
  • Various study materials for Naturalization tests
  • Brochure, “10 Steps to Naturalization: Understanding the Process of Becoming a U.S. Citizen”
  • the Form N-400
  • Application for Naturalization
  • Other informational flyers in different languages

Citizenship Corner Evaluation

The evaluation model has been developed in consultation with program evaluation experts with the goal of not only assessing the effectiveness of the Initiative but also of noting the changes in Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) population so that the tactics of the Initiative can be constantly improved. There will be separate annual evaluations of the Initiative as a whole, each partner organization and each of the partner organizations housing Citizenship Corners.

 

Every Citizenship Corner site will submit a monthly performance report to Global Cleveland. A standard evaluation form will be provided which will include the following information:

  • Outreach – actual intakes of prospective citizens;
  • Classes – number of new students enrolled;
  • N-400s handed out
  • Citizenship Corners will be expected to use and retain standard intake/assessment forms, agreement forms from clients, casework notes, lesson plans, activity logs, class rosters and event sign-in sheets.
  • In addition to monthly reporting, Global Cleveland will monitor performance through
    • site visits,
    • attendance at training sessions and monthly meetings,
    • follow-up’
  • Global Cleveland will use the evaluation mechanisms above to formally evaluate the Citizenship Corners on the effectiveness of their outreach to the LPRs in their targeted areas, the retention rate of those outreached to in relation to citizenship class completion

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Supriya Tamang at supriya@globalcleveland.org.