Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Office for New Americans Opportunity Centers

The Office for New Americans is designed to assist newcomers to New York State who are "eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State." It helps newcomers to fully participate in New York State civic and economic life by strengthening New York State’s welcoming environment for New Americans. ONA facilitates success by:

Creating a network of neighborhood-based “Opportunity” Centers
Increasing access to English-for-Speakers-of-other-Languages (ESOL) training.
Preparing New Americans for the naturalization process.
Connecting New Americans to business resources to harness their entrepreneurial spirit.
Developing and leveraging the professional skills of New Americans.
Maximizing the number of young people receiving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Strengthening the connections between New Americans and their communities through civic engagement and other opportunities.
Reduce exploitation of New Americans by scammers and con artists.
Marshal State resources to better serve New Americans.

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