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Citizenship Preparation Instructor

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ORGANIZATION: Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, Mother Veronica Resource Center

  • 4 people are interested

The volunteer for this position will be helping adult students prepare to take the USCIS Naturalization Test. This involves teaching U.S. history, civics and government to promote understanding and learning of the answers to the 100 questions, up to 10 of which can be asked at the Naturalization interview. Also, help with learning how to answer possible personal interview questions and practice with reading questions aloud and writing answers is needed. The volunteer may also help students fill out their N-400 application form -- instructions are provided. Sometimes additional forms are required; for example, someone wants to request a fee waiver.

There is a text used in the course, and a packet of relevant materials is provided to the teacher and each student, as well. A Teacher's Guide for the text is available. The class is offered once a week, and this position is open to someone who can be available Monday or Wednesday between 9:30 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. and be able to start in September 2024. The course usually runs for twelve weeks but may go longer to ensure that a class's students are fully prepared.

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About Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, Mother Veronica Resource Center


449 S 6th Street, Reading, PA 19607, US

Mission Statement

The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, committed to their call to live the Gospel, established the Mother Veronica Resource Center in response to requests for assistance from Reading area immigrants. By providing various classes, tutoring and educational and social services resources for them and for all Reading area adults who come seeking a better way forward, the Center strives to improve the quality of their lives and enhance our community.


History: In 1894 four Bernardine Franciscan Sisters migrated from Poland to the United States with Mother Veronica Grzedowska as the leader of the group. They were immigrants coming to a new country to work with and for other immigrants. Reading, PA was where they established their first permanent home and ministry. Throughout the years, the Sisters have cared for and responded to the requests of people in many countries and cultures. It is in this spirit that they established the Mother Veronica Resource Center in response to the requests of newcomers to our community.
Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, General Education Development (GED) preparation classes (Language Arts, Mathematics in English, Spanish), Citizenship preparation classes, Computer classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED tutoring
Goals: 1. Impart a basic knowledge of English so that adult students can: improve their quality of life; provide better for their families through education and work opportunities; advocate for themselves in schools, hospitals, jobs, etc.; and pass the Naturalization Test;
2. Help adult students prepare to take the GED Test -- in addition to classes and tutoring, making access to online instructional programs available; 3. Offer preparation classes for the Naturalization Test; 4. Facilitate the attainment of computer skills; and 5. Provide resources to inform clients of available services and opportunities.


Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


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Mother Veronica Resource Center449 S. 6th StreetReading, PA 19602



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • Reading / Writing




  • 1-1/2 hours once a week
  • Love of history, teaching, and helping others

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