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Fall trimester, 2023: September 18 – December 13

All classes and trainings are via Zoom 

Mission and Objective

Our Adult Education Program offers Citizenship classes that integrate civics knowledge with ESL teaching practices in an inclusive environment that prepares students to pass both a citizenship exam and the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) interview process. U.S. citizenship provides greater security and opportunities for students and is a crucial step in helping eligible students break the generational cycle of poverty. Citizenship allows students the right to work, the right to vote, the ability to sponsor family members, access to public benefits, and provides safety from deportation. 

Through the lens of empowering the whole person, the Adult Education program complements the wraparound services Canal Alliance provides so that very low-income, adult immigrants can improve their access to education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Please note: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Program dates and class times

Required Onboarding and Training for NEW Volunteers

  1. Sign volunteering paperwork
  2. Watch two orientation videos and complete the corresponding quizzes:
    1. Canal Alliance New Volunteer Orientation
    2. Orientation to the Adult Education Program
  3. Attend training on Classroom Techniques for Volunteers, Wednesday, September 13 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm via Zoom
  4. Attend Training for Citizenship Volunteers on Thursday, September 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm via Zoom

Required Onboarding and Training for RETURNING Volunteers

  1. Sign 2023-24 Volunteer Agreement
  2. Attend Naturalization training on Thursday, September 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm via Zoom
  3. If the last time you volunteered was Fall 2022 or earlier:
    1. watch the Adult Education orientation video and take a brief quiz
    2. attend the Classroom Techniques training via Zoom on Wednesday, September 13 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm via Zoom

Aide Responsibilities

Skills and Attributes



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