Monday, April 21, 2014

How American Money is Made

USCIS 100:41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. 
What is one power of the federal government?



VOAVideo: How American Money is Made (VOA On Assignment Feb. 28, 2014)

VOA's Julie Taboh talks with On Assignment's Rebecca Ward about her visit to the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which makes the nation's dollar bills.

USCIS 100:41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

▪ to print money
▪ to declare war
▪ to create an army
▪ to make treaties

Although this video was posted in February, I posting it today in memory of Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790).

USCIS 100:68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

▪ U.S. diplomat
▪ oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
▪ first Postmaster General of the United States
▪ writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”
▪ started the first free libraries

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamps


USPS: Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamps

In 2012, the U. S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C with the Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever®) stamp design. The two stamps, which are near mirror images, form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of blooming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. The stamp on the left depicts blossoming trees arching over two girls dressed in bright kimonos, and a family on a stroll with the Washington Monument in the background. On the second stamp, the Jefferson Memorial forms the backdrop for tourists taking in the sights under a canopy of pink blooms.

Friday, April 18, 2014

West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, "Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, "Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win"

This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington Cherry Trees Sign of Harmony, Friendship with Japan

I just returned from Tokyo so I really appreciated this video from VOA News whose Washington DC headquarters I visited last year--Teacher Jennifer.



VOAVideo: Washington Cherry Trees Sign of Harmony, Friendship with Japan

Washington's iconic cherry trees were originally a gift to thank the United States for recognizing Japan as a member of the international community. More than 100 years after their arrival, the trees are a symbol of the relationship between the two countries, the brevity of life, and the beauty of nature. VOA's David Byrd spoke with U.S Park Ranger Brad Berger about the trees, what they represent, and what they have come to symbolize for millions of visitors to Washington each year.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

USCIS Volunteer Training

USCIS VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Introduction

Volunteers are vital to the success of adult citizenship education programs. This series of training modules provides essential introductory information to volunteers in adult citizenship education classrooms or other learning environments. These training modules are designed to provide volunteers with a basic understanding of adult second language acquisition and the naturalization process, including the interview and test. After reviewing the modules, volunteers can use this information to help prepare learners for the naturalization process. The volunteer modules can be reviewed in any order.
This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the naturalization process.
This module will provide you with a basic understanding of who is applying for naturalization and the benefits and privileges of U.S. citizenship.
This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the characteristics and educational needs of adult learners as well as how their needs are different from other learners.
This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the English language skills and civics knowledge needed for the naturalization interview and test.
This module will provide you with basic strategies for helping adult learners acquire the English language skills and civics knowledge they will need for the naturalization interview and test.
This module will provide you with basic ideas on how to prepare and develop a lesson plan.
This module will provide you with basic ways to assess learner proficiency levels and how to determine if learners are making progress.
This module will provide you with links to educational resources.

Monday, April 14, 2014

USCIS Grant Program

USCIS Grant Program

FY 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

On April 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. This funding opportunity is for public or non-profit organizations that prepare permanent residents for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services. Applications are due by May 16, 2014. Find out how to apply.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Revised N-400 Section 11 Overview

Get ready for your citizenship interview with a new Revised N-400 Section 11 Overview based on the Revised N-400.

Download pdf.

More scripts will be posted in April.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Citizenship Day in San Jose April 12

Citizenship Day in San Jose April 12
http://www.immigrantinfo.org/events/Citizenship_day/CD_Schedule_041214.pdf



Santa Clara County residents are invited to participate in the Annual Citizenship Day on April 12, 2014. 

The SCC Citizenship Collaborative holds an annual Citizenship Day in 14 languages.  This year marks the 17th year and the 25rdCitizenship Day in Santa Clara County.  It is the only event of its type in the nation as outreach and presentations occur simultaneously in 14 languages.  Last year, the event had over 1,200 participants.

This year the event take place on April 12 from 9 am to 3 pm. 

San José City College
Tech Building
(Corner of S. Bascom Ave & Moorpark Ave)
600 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128


Go to http://www.immigrantinfo.org/events/Citizenship_day/CD_Schedule_041214.pdf for the schedule of orientations in various languages:
·  Amharic
·  Arabic 
·  Chinese Traditional
·  Chinese Simplified
·  English 
·  Farsi 
·  Korean 
·  Russian 
·  Somalian  
·  Spanish 
·  Tagalog 
·  Tigrinya
·  Vietnamese 
Presentations will be held in English and Spanish in Gilroy at:

St. Francis Center
7950 Church St.
Gilroy, CA 95020
  
Please  share the information with your clients, family and neighbors if you think they might be interested.  Thank you much, T

Teresa Castellanos
Immigrant Relations & Integration Servcies
2310 N. First Street, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95131