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 volunteers, and are designed to reach out to and engage hard-to-reach immigrant families and youth in a safe and familial environment. Our language capacity presently includes Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Through an array of adult, youth, and children’s programs to help stabilize and strengthen the family unit, we are able to reach out to newcomers, assess their individual needs, and provide them with information and referrals for employment, education, housing, job skills training, career enhancement, legal services, and public assistance. We use English language classes, civics education, citizenship preparation, access to legal/immigration services, and parenting education to help new immigrants understand American systems and laws and gain access to the opportunities available to them.
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 manydedicated volunteers, have enabled us to provide our participants with access to quality services and valuable resources. Our Community Outreach and Educationprograms offer citizenship preparation workshops in different Queens neighborhoods, pro bono attorneys for legal consultations, assistance with applications for naturalization, family petitions, and adjustment of status, domestic violence services, parenting education, adult ESOL and civics classes, and after-school tutoring for children:
- 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.
- After School Tutoring: helps children from neighborhood schools improve their academic skills and raise self confidence and love of learning.
- Legal Immigration Services: serves young immigrants between the ages of 15-33 and focuses on DACA and DACA renewal, T/U visas, SIJS, Adjustment of Status, Family Petition and Asylum, provided by staff attorneys in several languages.
- Pathway to US Citizenship Workshop Series: offer a4-session monthly workshops to help eligible immigrants apply for citizenship and build their civic knowledge, covering a variety of topics such as the barriers to naturalization, requirements for citizenship, needed documentation, and the citizenship interview.
- Parenting Education: provides culturally-competent education with a focus on child rearing practices and bridging the gap between traditional parenting methods and American laws and cultural expectations.