Our July 12, 2019, Literacy Pittsburgh was honored to host a naturalization ceremony, conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Becoming a U.S. citizen is a lengthy process. In order to be naturalized, an applicant must first meet certain criteria, such as living in the U.S. for at least five years. Then, they must complete an application, pay a fee and attend an interview where they must pass English and civics tests. Literacy Pittsburgh prepares students for these tests, thanks to the generosity of supporters like you. The final step is taking the oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony. We were so proud to celebrate 15 brand new citizens, including four Literacy Pittsburgh students! View more pictures at our Shutterfly site.
Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,600 individuals acquire reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, English as a second language, basic skills, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction, along with referrals to other family support organizations. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.