IRC Boise Finishes First Free Citizenship Exam Class, Begins Second
On April 30, 2012, IRC Boise completed its first citizenship class session, with a joyous graduation celebration. Our students from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Togo, Ecuador, and Liberia became a small family through the class, where instructor Nathaniel Hoffman guided the group through lessons and conversations about U.S. history, demonstrations of the U.S. government at work, guest presenters from indigenous U.S. communities and government officials, picture quizzes of historical figures, and conversations comparing government structures in the U.S. to refugees’ war torn home countries. Though the class has ended, our participants will continue supporting one another as they each take the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’ Citizenship exam. A number of participants who successfully passed their exam will be taking the oath of citizenship at the World Refugee Day celebration at the Grove in Boise on Saturday, June 23.
Our next group of 15 citizenship students began the Citizenship class on May 02, 2012, and includes students from Burma, Uzbekistan, and Rwanda.