Center on Congress Booklets Included in 5,000 Civics and Citizenship Toolkits

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., May 18, 2011 – Expanding its efforts to assist immigrants aspiring to become U.S. citizens, the Center on Congress has joined with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide two of the Center’s most popular booklets in the new edition of the USCIS Civics and Citizenship Toolkit, released by the government May 16.

CCIU’s booklets — Understanding Congress: A Citizen’s Guide, and Making Your Voice Heard: How To Work With Congress — are included in 5,000 of the new toolkits, which the government offers to organizations that assist people who are studying to become naturalized citizens, including civic and service clubs, community and faith-based groups, libraries and schools.

“Every American should better understand Congress and its role in sustaining the health of our representative democracy,” said Center Director Lee H. Hamilton. “We are very pleased to join with USCIS in helping prospective citizens learn about Congress and how to communicate their concerns to Washington.”

Each Toolkit contains a variety of educational materials designed to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process, including:

  • a video highlighting U.S. history, civics, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • a video providing an overview of the naturalization process and test.
  • a study booklet containing short lessons based on each of the 100 civics questions and answers on the naturalization test.
  • flash cards containing each of the 100 civics questions and answers on the naturalization test.
  • a publication highlighting prominent foreign-born Americans, presidential quotes on citizenship, and patriotic songs and poems.
  • a pocket-size version of America's founding documents — the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States.

The materials in the Toolkit can serve as supplemental teaching tools for volunteers and adult educators in a classroom or community program setting. Each Toolkit includes a Quick Start Guide with suggestions on how to use the materials.

Eligible immigrant-serving organizations may request one free copy of the Toolkit at www.citizenshiptoolkit.gov. Requests are subject to review to ensure eligibility.