Citizenship Academy

In 2014, the Citizenship Academy was launched as a collaborative effort between the Maddy Institute, the San Joaquin College of Law, the Fresno County Library, and Fresno Adult School.  The Citizenship Academy seeks to provide Civic, Economic, and Linguistic resources for immigrants to become successfully integrated in the community.   The Citizenship Academy is part of the Network for Integrating New Americans of the Central Valley, one of five networks nationwide participating in the Networks for Integrating New Americans (NINA) initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.

On World Refugee Day (mid-June each year) the Citizenship Academy, in conjunction with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, hosts a Special Naturalization Ceremony at California State University, Fresno.  Over 200 are sworn in as new citizens in front of an audience of over 800.

  • To learn more about the ceremony, click here.
  • To view pictures of the ceremony, click here.
  • Video of the 2017 Ceremony:

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  • To view a video of the ceremony from previous years, click here.

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If you would like an agency profile added to the list of immigrant resources below, please email your suggestion to: mjeans@csufresno.edu 

 

Fresno Adult School

Web Sitehttp://www.fas.edu/

Main Office Contact: (559) 457-6000

Linguistic and Academic Education:

  • Offers ESL, ABE, GED, and High School Diploma courses to help improve   basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.

Economic

  • Career Technical Education (Information Technology
  • Service
  • Education
  • Medical

Civic Engagement: 

  • Free Citizenship Classes
  • Free ESL Classes
  • Free EL Civics Classes
  • Free ABE
  • GED classes in both English and Spanish

Fresno City College

Website: http://www.fresnocitycollege.edu/

College Relations Department contact: Lisa Vincent –email:

Lisa.vincent@fresnocitycollege.edu, Phone: (559) 442-8225 ext. 8247

International students admission requirements page:

http://www.fresnocitycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=1433

Counselor, International Students: Laura M. DeSantiago-Gomez – email:

laurago@fresnocitycollege.edu, Phone: (559) 442-8224 ext. 8256

Services for Immigrants and New Americans:

• Linguistic and Academic Education:

  • Academic advising, Counseling
  • Admissions requirements
  • Transferring schools
  • Student insurance

• Civic Engagement:

  •  I-20 requirements
  • TOEFL requirements
  • Immigration concerns
  • DSO (SEVIS) 

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Fresno County Public Library

Web Sitehttp://www.fresnolibrary.org

Central Library Main number: (559) 600-READ (7323)

Literacy Services Center number: (559) 600-9243WoW!

(WithOut Walls mobile Library) Office number: (559) 600-9699
Services for Immigrants and New Americans:
• Linguistic and Academic Education 

  • World Languages Collections 
  • Learning Languages Materials (Mango, a learning database with 63   languages and  English Language Learner, an online information   resource designed for secondary and young adult English language   learners)
  •  Literacy Services Center (free adult tutoring in reading, writing,   spelling and math; conversation circles)
  • Free computer classes
  • Practice tests (GED, ASVAB, SAT, GRE, CBEST, TOEFL, civil   service exams and citizenship, ESL courses for Spanish-speakers)
  • College Prep Centers (Caruthers, Riverdale, Selma, Mendota, San   Joaquin, Tranquillity, Parlier and Orange Cove)

• Economic

  •  Free library card
  • Job and Career Services (access to help with resume and cover letter   writing, interview skills, Internet skills, links to job searches)
  • Free Internet access

• Civic Engagement

  • Citizenship materials 
  • Voting materials and information
  • Community events 
  • Literacy Services Center (Naturalization resources; citizenship toolkit)

Mi Familia Vota

Web Site: www.mifamiliavota.us

Main Office Contact: (559) 473-6096

Fresno Office Contact: (559) 447-2560

Fresno Office Fax: (559) 261-9308

Services for Immigrants and Citizens:

Civic Engagement

  • Citizenship materials
  •  Civics Education 
  • Voter Registration

New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law

Website:  www.sjcl.edu

Direct Office Contact:  (559) 326-1553

Services for Immigrants and New Americans:

• Civic Engagement

  • Free legal advice on immigration issues for low income individuals
  • Encourages immigrant integration in the workplace

Proteus

Website: http://www.proteusinc.org/

Contact Number1-888-776-9998

Services for Immigrants and New Americans:

• Linguistic and Academic Education

  •  ABE and GED Academic Programs• Civic Engagement
  • ESL/Citizenship Preparation Academic Program
  • Career Education Training
  • Job Assistance Services

The White House
Website
: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Address
: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Telephone: (202) 456-1111

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
Website
: http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/
Washington Office
: United States Senate, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; Tel. (202) 224-3841
Fresno Office:
2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4290, Fresno, CA 93721; Tel. (559) 485-7430
Los Angeles Office:
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Tel. (310) 914-7300
San Diego Office:
880 Front Street, Suite 3296, San Diego, CA 92101; Tel. (619) 231-9712
San Francisco Office:
One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Tel. (415) 393-0707

United States Senator Barbara Boxer
Website
: http://www.boxer.senate.gov/
Washington Office
: 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; Tel. (202) 224-3553
Fresno Office
: 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 5290, Fresno, CA 93721; Tel. (559) 497-5109
Inland Empire Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 704, Riverside, CA 92501; Tel. (951) 684-4849
Los Angeles Office
: 312 N. Spring Street, Suite 1748, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Tel. (213) 894-5000
Bay Area Office: 70 Washington Street, Suite 203, Oakland, CA 94607; Tel. (510) 286-8537
Sacramento Office: 501 I Street, Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814; Tel. (916) 448-2787
San Diego Office: 600 B Street, Suite 2240, San Diego, CA 92101; Tel. (619) 239-3884

Federal House of Representatives
Website
: http://www.house.gov/
Address
: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515
Telephone: (202) 224-3121

Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown
Website
: http://gov.ca.gov/home.php
Address
: c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone
: (916) 558-3160

Agency Profile: California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen
Website
: http://www.sos.ca.gov/
Address
: 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653-6814

Agency Profile: California State Senate
Website
: http://senate.ca.gov/
Find your Legislator: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Agency Profile: California State Assembly
Website
: http://assembly.ca.gov/
Find your Legislator: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Agency Profile: Fresno County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Departments.aspx?id=122
Address
: 2281 Tulare Street, #301, Hall of Records, Fresno, CA 93721-2198
Telephone: (559) 600-3529

Agency Profile: Fresno County Elections Office
Website
: http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Departments.aspx?id=144
Address
: 2221 Kern Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Telephone: (559) 600-8683

Agency Profile: Kern County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://pcd.kerndsa.com/hearings/board-of-supervisors
Address
: 2700 M Street, Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301-2370
Telephone: (661) 862-8600

 Agency Profile: Kern County Elections Office
Website
: http://elections.co.kern.ca.us/elections/
Address
: 1115 Truxtun Avenue, 1st Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Telephone: (661) 868-3590

Agency Profile: Kings County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://www.countyofkings.com/departments/board-of-supervisors
Address
: 1400 West Lacey Blvd, Hanford, CA 93230
Telephone: (559) 852-2362

Agency Profile: Kings County Elections Office
Website
: http://www.countyofkings.com/departments/assessor/elections
Address
: 1400 W Lacey Blvd, Hanford, CA 93230
Telephone: (559) 825-4401

Agency Profile: Madera County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://www.madera-county.com/supervisors
Address
: 200 W 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637
Telephone: (559) 675-7703

Agency Profile: Madera County Elections Office
Website
: http://www.madera-county.com/index.php/electionsdept
Address
: 200 West 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637
Telephone: (559) 675-7720

Agency Profile: Merced County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=61
Address
: 2222 M St., Merced, CA 95340
Telephone: (209) 385-7366

Agency Profile: Merced County Elections Office
Website
: http://www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=229
Address
: 2222 M Street, Merced, CA 95340
Telephone: (209) 385-7434

Agency Profile: San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://www.sjgov.org/board/
Address
: 44 North San Joaquin Street, Sixth Floor Suite 627, Stockton, CA 95202
Telephone: (209) 468-3113

Agency Profile: San Joaquin County Elections Office
Website
: http://www.sjcrov.org/
Address
: 44 N. San Joaquin St., Ste. 350, Stockton, CA 95202
Telephone: (209) 468-2885

Agency Profile: Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://www.stancounty.com/board/
Address
: 1010 10th Street, Suite 6500, Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209) 525-4494

Agency Profile: Stanislaus County Elections Office
Website
: http://stanvote.com/
Address
: 1021 I Street, Suite 101, Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209) 525-5200

Agency Profile: Tulare County Board of Supervisors
Website
: http://tularecounty.ca.gov/board/
Address
: 2800 West Burrel Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291
Telephone: (559) 636-5000

Agency Profile: Tulare County Elections Office
Website
: http://tularecounty.ca.gov/registrarofvoters/
Address
: 5951 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA 93277
Telephone: (559) 624-7300

Agency Profile: Bakersfield City Council
Website
: http://www.bakersfieldcity.us/administration/mayor_council/
Address
: 1600 Truxton Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Telephone: (661) 326-3000

Agency Profile: Clovis City Council
Website
: https://www.ci.clovis.ca.us/Government/City-Council
Address
: 1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612
Telephone: (559) 324-2010

Agency Profile: Fresno City Council
Website
: http://www.fresno.gov/Government/CityCouncil/default.htm
Address
: 2600 Fresno Street, Room 2097, Fresno, CA 93721
Telephone: (559) 621-8000

Agency Profile: Hanford City Council
Website
: http://www.ci.hanford.ca.us/council/
Address
: 319 North Douty, Hanford, CA 93230
Telephone: (559) 585-2515

Agency Profile: Merced City Council
Website
: https://www.cityofmerced.org/depts/city_council/
Address
: 678 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340
Telephone: (209) 385-6866

Agency Profile: Modesto City Council
Website
: http://www.ci.modesto.ca.us/council/
Address
: 1010 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209) 577-5200

Agency Profile: San Joaquin City Council
Website
: http://www.fresnocog.org/city-san-joaquin
Address
: 21900 W. Colorado Ave, San Joaquin, CA 93660
Telephone: (559) 693-4311

Agency Profile: Stockton City Council
Website
: http://www.stocktongov.com/government/council/default.html
Address
: 425 N. El Dorado St. Stockton, CA 95202
Telephone: (209) 937-8244

Agency Profile: Tulare City Council
Website
: http://www.ci.tulare.ca.us/
Address
: 411 East Kern Ave, Tulare, CA 93274
Telephone: (559) 685-2300

Agency Profile: Turlock City Council
Website
: http://www.ci.turlock.ca.us/government/turlockcitycouncil/
Address
: 156 S Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380
Telephone: (209) 668-5540

Agency Profile: Visalia City Council

Website: http://ci.visalia.ca.us/government/city_council/default.asp
Address
: P.O. Box 5078, 707 W. Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93278
Telephone: (559) 713-4300