|CIANA engages community members through its Family Services and Community Outreach and Education programs. Services are provided in different languages by multi-lingual and culturally competent staff, and are designed to reach a diverse and hard-to-reach section of the community in a safe environment and within their own neighborhoods. Our language capacity presently includes Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, French, and Spanish.
Through case management, counseling, and community education, our programs offer access to an array of adult, youth, and children’s services to help stabilize and strengthen the family unit. We reach out to newcomers, assess their individual needs, and provide them with referrals for employment, education, housing, job skills training, career enhancement, legal services, and public assistance. We use English language classes, parenting education, civics education, citizenship preparation, and access to legal/immigration services to help new immigrants access and understand American systems and laws.
Our Community Outreach and Education program has developed several strategic partnerships, including the Queens Public Library New Americans Program, CUNY Law School Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), CONNECT domestic violence technical assistance services, and NY Cares volunteers, to help provide access to quality services and resources. Through these partnerships, we offer a series of citizenship preparation workshops in different Queens neighborhoods, as well as pro bono attorneys who provide immigration clinics, citizenship filing days, legal consultations, and assistance with applications for naturalization, family petitions, and adjustment of status. We are also able to offer domestic violence services, parenting education, adult ESOL, and tutoring services.
Our informational and educational programs include:
- Pathway to US Citizenship Workshops: a 4-session monthly workshop series in English to help eligible immigrants apply for citizenship and build their civic knowledge. The workshops cover a variety of topics such as the barriers to naturalization, requirements for citizenship, needed documentation, and the citizenship interview.
- Adult ESOL Classes: offer immigrant parents the opportunity to acquire basic English language skills in order to more actively participate in their children’s education, advocate on behalf of their families, and prepare for citizenship and civic participation.
- Civics Classes: prepare participants for the citizenship interview and encourage their civic participation in their local communities.
- Legal Access and Citizenship Filing Clinics: make available legal consultations with pro bono bilingual attorneys on naturalization, family petitions, and adjustment of legal status.
- Parenting Education Classes: provided by a multilingual, culturally-competent LMSW facilitator, with a focus on child rearing practices and bridging the gap between traditional parenting methods and American laws and cultural expectations.