Civic Engagement


The Welcoming Center recognizes that active immigrant participation in the civic and political life of cities creates stronger and more successful communities. This is why one of our core objectives is to work with individuals and organizations to promote civic participation.

Our Upcoming Citizenship Project

In 2017, we embarked on a citizenship project supported, by the Knight Foundation, to test three solutions to expand and strengthen current civic engagement and citizenship initiatives in the city of Philadelphia. Stay tuned – details are coming your way very soon!

Citizenship Preparation

Our Citizenship Preparation class will help you prepare for your U.S. citizenship exam. If you are planning on naturalizing in the next two years and have elementary knowledge of English, you should register for this class. Registration is free. To register for an upcoming class, please fill out this form. If you have additional questions, please call us at 215.557.2626.

For more information about citizenship and civic participation programs at the Welcoming Center, please contact Manuel Portillo, Director of Community Engagement at citizenship@welcomingcenter.org or you can call him at 215.825.7765.