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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Citizen Participation, International, International Human Rights, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: Our mission is to educate today’s youth on the tenets of citizenship, encourage them to appreciate their rights and responsibilities as Americans, and give them an opportunity to celebrate citizenship by engaging in a naturalization ceremony or participating in a service-learning project.

Results: Citizenship Counts has a national presence amongst educators. We've seen our curriculum and services used in schools in Buffalo, Orlando, Cincinnati, Denver, Omaha, Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Diego, Austin, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Las Cruces, Tucson, Washington DC and New York City. Student and educator responses indicate strong student learning gains in the areas of civics and citizenship education.

Target demographics: We work to critically engage students in the immigration and citizenship process and encourage them to become responsible, participatory and socially-just citizens who appreciate the benefits of living in a diverse, inclusive, democratic country.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have reached students and teachers in over 35 states.

Geographic areas served: Public, charter, and private schools across the United States.

Programs: Our multi-disciplinary curriculum provides a unique opportunity for students to support government agencies in the hosting of a community-based naturalization ceremony, held at their schools. This curriculum also helps students learn about the process of legal immigration and the rights of being a citizen in the United States of America. Through our program, all citizens will have an opportunity to witness naturalization ceremonies in their communities. Attending these ceremonies will provide more Americans with a deeper understanding and acceptance of the role that legal immigration has played in creating our diverse and dynamic country. After the naturalization ceremony, we encourage new citizens to engage actively with students and members of their communities at a reception hosted by students.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a a teacher of social studies and a member of our democracy, I am impressed with the work of Citizenship Counts. We all benefit from an educated citizenship.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of observing the Citizenship Counts staff members work so efficiently and professionally with the USCIS and Federal Court officials to undertake meaningful naturalization ceremonies with junior high and high school students jointly celebrating with the new citizens and their families. Each of my experiences at these ceremonies is unique and meaningful.
Keep up the good work!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Citizenship Counts has inspired and supported my students to appreciate their responsibilities as citizens and to celebrate cultural diversity. Our middle school has been hosting a Citizenship Day for the last few years. The highlight of the event is a Naturalization Ceremony where fifty candidates from thirty countries take their oath of citizenship. Throughout the day, lessons designed by Citizenship Counts that are aligned to the Core Curriculum engage the seventh graders and support their learning.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last year my son's school participated in this wonderful program. We live in a small community which usually doesn't have access to special programs and opportunities like this one. My son and his friends loved the naturalization ceremony and meeting people from all over the world as he said this inspired him to want to travel the world and help other people come to the U.S. so they can make their dreams come true. Thank you Citizenship Counts and Gerta Klein for this learning experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Gerda and her group on this when she visited Laredo. We collaborated with the local citizenship groups to have our students help with the citizenship ceremony. It was a wonderful experience. I would love to do it over and over again.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Citizenship Counts is a terrific organization that honors immigrants who choose to become naturalized citizens. The spirit of Gerda Weissman Klein and her undying love of being a naturalized American citizen speaks volumes about the organization, its intent and principles practiced at Citizenship Counts.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

At a time when knowledge of good citizenship is so badly needed, schools across the nation in recent years have abandoned those courses that provided students with this vital knowledge. Citizenship Counts has in a sense more than filled this vital void by offering teachers and their students a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that ensures students who are fortunate to have taken it in both junior and senior high receive this vital knowledge. So far in such a short time this program has spread to over 150 schools across the nation. Its success is just one indication of its quality and effectiveness.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is such an important issue, especially in today's environment . Our directors are so committed to making sure there are opportunities for all schools in the country to use the citizenship counts materials

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Anything that Gerda Weissmann Klein is involved with is incredible! She is truly a great American hero who has inspired me and thousands of my students over the years. I am excited to integrate this program in my school next semester.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love everything about Citizenship Counts! This organization is needed now more than ever. Its so important to teach our youth to cherish all of the freedoms we have and appreciate the freedoms we have so that they don't take it for granted. The lessons are awesome as they focus on themes and lessons that are real-life and that students can really relate to. They are very interactive, innovative and easy to use! Kudos to Citizenship Counts!!