Free citizenship class available in partnership
Coastside Hope is partnering with La Costa Adult School and the Cabrillo Unified School District to expand its free citizenship class.
“Having this class available is about removing barriers to reaching citizenship,” said Judith Guerrero, executive director of Coastside Hope in an email to the Review. “We want every member in our community to have the necessary tools and support they need to succeed in their pathway to citizenship.”
Since 2007, Coastside Hope has hosted the citizenship class in both English and Spanish as part of its immigration program. The nonprofit has been providing immigration services to the community for more than 30 years.
“We’re advocating for others to be able to vote in the future, and to be good citizens and understand a little bit of the history of the United States,” said Liz Camarena West, the class instructor. “I think it’s very important that we can offer these services, because the immigration process is so long, to first get the residence and then be able to qualify for this test.