Those are the primary goals of students taking Chatham Literacy’s citizenship classes. In fiscal year 2014-15, Ten of our students became U.S. citizens, totaling 60 new U.S. citizens since 2011.
In addition to taking weekly classes that prepare them for the citizenship test, students also are learning the importance of being informed voters and the variety of ways they can effectively engage in their communities. “As a result of the class, they feel empowered,” said Executive Director Vicki Newell. “They know they have a voice and a right to use that voice. It’s life-changing.”