You’re Invited to Join Us for Miami Citizenship Week
For Miami Citizenship Week, ONA is celebrating the expansion of our office and the local socio-economic contributions of immigrants through our continued mission to provide services and civic education to Miami’s thriving immigrant community.
What is Citizenship Week?
Citizenship Week is in partnership with Cities for Citizenship (C4C), a major national initiative of more than 85 participating cities and counties, including Miami, aimed at increasing citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents and encouraging investment in citizenship and financial empowerment programs. During this week we provide free Naturalization Assistance, participate in Oath Ceremonies, celebrate diversity and support New American businesses in our community. As a part of Miami Citizenship Week, we are encouraging residents to support immigrant powered businesses, events and institutions that make Miami so vibrant and diverse.
The Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade (ONA) is a public-private partnership that works to ensure aspiring Americans in our county to achieve economic stability, immigrate integration, and civic engagement in order to be full citizens. With our partners, ONA engages in the outreach and promotion of naturalization opportunities, access to financial services, cultural events, and basic information sessions concerning how to succeed in various areas.
By celebrating the socio-economic contributions of more than 2 million immigrants in our metropolitan area, the inaugural Miami Citizenship Week aims to highlight the contributions of our thriving immigrant community through cultural events, workshops and relationship-building activities.
Quick Facts + Figures
53 percent of residents in Miami-Dade County were born outside the U.S.
Our Mayor and County Commission created the Office of New Americans (ONA) through a county resolution in 2015
Miami was the first city to join Cities for Citizenship (C4C)
Nearly 20 percent of entrepreneurs in Miami are immigrants.
Since our inception, ONA has helped over 10,000 residents become citizens
Citizenship Week Official Event Schedule
Citizenship Week Kick-Off
Friday, Sept 13th - All Day
Join us on Facebook Live for the kick-off of Miami Citizenship week and to learn about the free events and opportunities to get involved.
Follow us on social media throughout the week for the latest updates and happenings.
2019 Citizenship Day Clinic
Saturday, Sept 14th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Happy Citizenship Day! During this workshop at Ana G. Mendez University. You’ll learn the requirements and process to become a U.S. citizen, receive ESL and legal referrals, receive test and interview study materials and get a free consultation by a CLS or AILA immigration attorney. Sponsored by the AILA + Miami New Americans Campaign (Miami NAC). Cost: Free. Register here.
ONA Re-Launch Celebration
Monday, Sept. 16, 6 - 8 p.m.
Join ONA’s Executive Director, staff and board members for a happy hour meet and greet at Morgans Restaurant, 28 NE 29th St. Enjoy light bites, drinks, learn about our programming and help us celebrate the milestones we’ve accomplished in this last year. RSVP here.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Join us at the Government Center Media Room as immigrant leaders from the community share their own stories and provide insight to the opportunities and challenges immigrant communities face in Miami-Dade County. Speakers include Office of New Americans of Miami Dade Executive Director Krystina François, County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association President and CEO Wendy Kallergis, Cambridge Innovation Center General Manager Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Liz Rebecca Alarcón of Project Pulso, Evgeniya Nechyparenka of Hispanic Unity, and clients who have recently naturalized. RSVP here.
Community Zumba Class
Wednesday, Sept. 18 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join us for a fun community Zumba class at CIC Miami, 1951 NW 7th Ave Suite 600. Dance to Latin beats, burn calories and connect with the community. This class is free and open to the community. RSVP here.
Broward County Citizenship Clinic
Sept. 21, Lauderhill Mall, 1267 FL 7, Lauderhill, Florida
Learn the steps to become a U.S. citizen and begin your application at this workshop sponsored by Florida Immigration Coalition. Contact 954-581-5186 for more information.
Immigrant-Powered Business Weekend
So this week, celebrate Miami Citizenship Week by grabbing a cortadito at 3:05 from your local ventanita. Take an African Dance Class at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Visit the Thai Temple in Homestead to meditate with the monks. Go to one of the remaining fabric stores in Downtown. Take part in the Miami Magic.
Check out our featured events below and some of our favorite Immigrant Powered Businesses.
Want to join Immigrant Powered? Sign-up for a decale at www.immigrantpowered.org .
Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce Top 20 under 40 Awards Ceremony
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Join us to honor the 20 young professionals who will be honored for their commitment and contributions professional, civically, personally and academically. Purchase tickets here.
Currents at Perez Art Museum
Thursday, Sept. 19 7 - 10 p.m.
Kick off Immigrant Powered Weekend with an immersive audio-visual experience at Perez Art Museum. During this event, Miami Motel Stories will give a flash theater experience drawn from Miami's past, present, and future. Also visit The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art. Purchase tickets here.
Wolfsonian Museum - FIU Guided Tour
Friday, Sept. 20, 6 - 6:45 p.m.
This guided tour at the Wolfsonian Museum - Florida International University features guest experts on art, culture and design. Free and open to the public. Learn more here.
Taste of Syria by Refugee Assistance Alliance
Friday, Sept. 20
Enjoy dinner, wine and a chance to give back at this benefit for the Refugee Assistance Alliance. Money raised will be donated to chefs who are refugee women. Tickets can be purchased here.
Sounds of Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center
Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
This free outdoor concert is an immersive cultural experience in the heart of Little Haiti. Enjoy the sounds of the Conch shell of Neg Maron and DJ mixes of Caribbean melodies. Handmade art, crafts and Haitain cuisine will also be available for purchase. Get more information here.
Friday, Sept. 20
Calle Ocho (between 13th and 17th Avenue), Little Havana, 6:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Viernes Culturales, Miami’s monthly art and culture festival in Little Havana. This event includes dancing, food and fun for the whole family. Get more information here.
Verano Flamenco at the Bellmont
Friday, Sept. 13 + 20, 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a performance by Miami’s talented Flamenco dancers at the Bellmont every Friday evening. RSVP here.
La Perle de Miami: Little Haiti Tour
Saturday, Sept. 21
Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Ave; 10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.
Learn about the people and history of Miami’s Little Haiti Neighborhood during this tour with La Perle De Miami. During this tour you will be introduced to the sights, sounds and historical landmarks that make up the neighborhood. Purchase tickets here.
Haitian Folk Dance at Little Haiti Cultural Center
Saturday, Sept. 21st, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Nancy St. Leger Danse Ensemble Haitian Folk Dance $10 (Ages under 12 free) Studio A. Get more information here.
African Dance Class at Little Haiti Cultural Center
Saturday, Sept. 21, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Learn African dances by Akosua Graham and Narsha Cummings. All levels are welcome. $12. Learn more here.
Los 3 De La Habana at Sky 7-37
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Attend a concert by the Cuban10-piece band led by German Pinelli, Ana Paez and Tirso Paez. Come listen to hits like “La Raya,” “Cuba Soy Yo,” and “La Felicidad” and more at this free show at Magic City Casino. Get more information here.
Close out the week with us at the Fouta Harissa Launch Party
Sunday, Sept. 22
Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As we close out Miami Citizenship Week and Immigrant Powered Weekend, join us at the Broken Shaker in Miami Beach for a Tunsian BBQ to celebrate the collection launch of the Tunisian textile and design company, Fouta Harissa. RSVP here.