USCIS to Present 150 Young People With Citizenship Proof at Clovis Veterans Memorial District


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USCIS to Present 150 Young People With Citizenship Proof at Clovis Veterans Memorial District 


Fresno, Calif.  (February 15th, 2019) –  Today Friday, February 15th, the Citizenship Academy, in conjunction with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will host a Special Ceremony at Clovis Veterans Memorial District. This ceremony will honor about 150 children by providing proof of citizenship to those who have become naturalized U.S. citizens and children adopted from foreign lands.


Keynote speaker for this event is Clovis City Councilmember Vong Mouanoutoua. He emigrated from Laos as a refugee in 1976, and works as solar director for the Fresno Equal Opportunities Commission. He was elected to the city council in 2017. Offering welcoming remarks is Lorenzo Rios, chief executive officer, Clovis Veterans Memorial District.


Prior to the ceremony, starting at 8:30am, there will be story time readings and cultural performances presented by the Citizenship Academy.



150 Young People Get Citizenship Certificates

Clovis Councilmember Vong Mouanoutoua

Lorenzo Rios, CEO, Clovis Veterans Memorial District

Lynn Feldman, field office director, USCIS Fresno




Friday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. Cultural performances starting at 8:45am.



Clovis Veterans Memorial District

Liberty Ballroom

808 Fourth St.

Clovis, CA 93612



Sharon Rummery, USCIS public affairs officer

Office:  415-248-8873; cell: 415-987-0191; Twitter: @USCISmediaSF


About The Maddy Institute


The Maddy Institute was established to engage, prepare and inspire the next generation of government leaders and civil servants. Activities primarily focus on Citizen Participation, Policy Research and Leadership Training. Leadership Training programs consist primarily of an extensive government intern program for college students throughout the Valley, as well as The Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship.


The Citizenship Academy was launched in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the Maddy Institute, Clovis Veterans Memorial District, New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno County Public Library, Fresno Adult School and Mi Familia Vota. The Citizenship Academy seeks to provide Civic, Economic, and Linguistic resources for immigrants to become successfully integrated in the community.


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