History of Citizenship Day
Citizenship Day in Boston celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. On September 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.
Citizenship Day in Boston is the largest annual citizenship workshop in New England, drawing over 370 citizenship applicants and over 350 community volunteers, law students and pro bono attorneys. Over the course of annual citizenship days in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, 1,444 immigrants have applied for citizenship with the help of 933 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers.
The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and Project Citizenship partner and collaborate to ensure that Boston area immigrants have access to high quality, free citizenship services.
“Many of Boston’s residents have come to America for a better life and more opportunities,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am committed to ensuring that all of our residents feel included in Boston’s civic life and have full access to everything our city has to offer. I am proud to sponsor Citizenship Day.”
Massachusetts has the seventh largest immigrant population in the United States. Approximately 17% of the Masschusetts workforce is made up of foreign-born residents.
Through outreach on the MBTA, billboards provided by Clear Channel, ads and interviews on local ethnic radio and television shows, immigrants learn about the benefits of citizenship and become motivated to apply. Because only 10% of immigrants apply for citizenship, Project Citizenship focuses on reducing the obstacles and removing the barriers to citizenship.
The goal is to help provide the access to by encouraging and preparing eligible immigrants to apply for citizenship. Citizenship enables residents to vote, and to apply for federal jobs, grants and scholarships. It also encourages civic participation and enables people to become more active members of their communities and society at large.
2018 marks the 5th Citizenship Day in Boston and promises to be the best event yet. Each year, more immigrants seek and achieve citizenship through this event.
“We are proud to partner with Project Citizenship for Citizenship Day in Boston,” said Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston. “Project Citizenship’s expertise ensured the day’s success.”
6th Annual Citizenship Day 2018 in Boston
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Mayor Martin Walsh, Chair
Atsuko and Larry Fish, The Fish Family Foundation
Paul Grogan, The Boston Foundation
Bob Rivers, Eastern Bank
Cathleen Douglas Stone, James and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation