Citizenship Day in Boston
Citizenship Day in Boston Honorary Committee
Mayor Martin Walsh, Chair
Atsuko and Larry Fish, The Fish Family Foundation
Paul Grogan, The Boston Foundation
Bob Rivers, Eastern Bank
Cathy Douglas Stone, James and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation
Citizenship Day in Boston
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 350 citizenship applicants and over 350 community volunteers, law students and pro bono attorneys.
Citizenship Day is an annual event hosted by Project Citizenship and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement to commemorate Constitution Day. 2019 will mark the 6th anniversary for Project Citizenship’s capstone event. Over the course of annual citizenship days from 2014 through 2018, 1,444 applicants have applied for citizenship with the help of volunteer attorneys, law students, and community members.
“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.”
One volunteer who attended said, “I have always thought these workshops were well organized, but each year they seem to get more and more so. [Project Citizenship] staff run such a well-oiled machine. Truly impressive.”
Massachusetts has the seventh largest immigrant population in the United States. Approximately 17% of the MA workforce is made up of foreign-born residents; and foreign-born residents hold more than half of the Commonwealth’s Ph.D.’s. These residents contribute to the MA economy as students, workers, home and business owners. However, at least 300,000 permanent residents in MA who are eligible to become U.S. citizens have yet to apply for 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.
“We were proud to partner with Project Citizenship for Citizenship Day in Boston,” said Yusufi Vali, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement.
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6th Annual Citizenship Day 2019 in Boston
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Our 2019 Sponsors:
Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
Boston University School of Law
Chin & Curtis
Latham & Watkins LLP
Northeastern Law School
the Boston Foundation Boston College Law School
Thank you also to Starbucks Coffee for providing beverages this year.
Interested in sponsoring Citizenship Day in Boston 2019?
Volunteering at Citizenship Day 2019
Volunteer registration for Citizenship Day will open in August 2019.
If you would like to support our work at Citizenship Day and throughout the year, please consider making a donation.
SUPPORT OUR WORK
Project Citizenship is a nonprofit agency which provides high-quality free legal services to immigrants all over Massachusetts. This work is made possible by the generosity of our donors.