Immigrant Leadership Institute
The goal of the Immigrant Leadership Institute is to prepare foreign born residents of Greater Philadelphia with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to engage in the civic life of our city and region. While recognizing the important economic and cultural contributions immigrants make to our social fabric, the Institute represents a dynamic approach to creating opportunities where immigrants speak for themselves and participate in the cultural, political, and social life of the city. We believe that our city grows stronger when all residents are given the opportunity to engage. Thus, increasing the substantive participation of immigrant communities in the decision-making processes of our city is crucial.
What do participants learn?
Why and how civic participation is a success strategy for immigrants
New skills, knowledge, and tools immigrants can use to support their community
What citizenship means for new citizens and how to participate in public decision-making
How to use communication skills and innovative technology in the practice of true citizenship
What’s included in the training?
Ten preliminary training sessions will be offered every other week for a period of five months. An important part of the curriculum is focused on learning about issues of interest to immigrants and developing skills for implementing of an action project to address community needs.
What Are Action Projects?
This training course requires participants to develop an Action Project on one of the barriers immigrants face, such as insufficient supply of ESL classes, developing social connectivity and social capital, acculturation, understanding constitutional rights and responsibilities, and information and trust around naturalization.
Action Projects offer an opportunity for participants to test newly acquired skills, build relationships, familiarize themselves with Philadelphia, and most importantly, do something to support immigrant communities in the city.
Each Action Project is implemented by a team of 5-6 participants and on average, the implementation of each project can take between 3-4 months to complete.
Last Thursday, participants from our Immigrant Leadership Institute organized Breaking the English Language Wall, a community consultation with immigrant communities. About 100 people attended to discuss how @PhiladelphiaGov can improve English language access. pic.twitter.com/JFTk3gzAke— Welcoming Center PA (@welcomingcenter) July 17, 2018