Building Skills Partnership

Civic Engagement / Citizenship

Carlos P. was able to pass his citizenship exam thanks to the help of the Citizenship classes offered at BSP.

Since 2007, the BSP has offered its largely immigrant worker participants pathways to citizenship and active civic engagement in their communities.  A ‘Citizenship Drive’ hosted in partnership with NALEO and Los Angeles City College, offered various services from immigration lawyers to naturalization experts who advised BSP participants and their eligible family members on becoming US citizens.

The demonstrated need provided the basis for the BSP to develop a citizenship program in Los Angeles.  The BSP has partners with Los Angeles City College to offer citizenship courses to help immigrants prepare and pass the naturalization exam.  Additionally, students who have successfully passed the naturalization exam are given information to register to vote and become active civic participants.