The Hollenbeck Youth Center on Sunday will host the first of a series of workshops on the Eastside to help people obtain U.S. citizenship.
The workshops, which cost $50, will run through the summer, although the schedule for the rest of the sessions has not been announced. Representatives from several Eastside and Latino organizations will help people complete paperwork and study for the citizenship exam administered by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The community workshops were planned to help people who are fearful of visiting the federal offices in Downtown Los Angeles, said Mike McClure, Hollenbeck Youth Center program director.
Workshops held in other communities have attracted hundreds of applicants, he said.
An orientation session will advise applicants of their rights and responsibilities in becoming citizens, said Irene Wongpec of Las Damas de Cuala de Nayarit, a community group involved in the workshops.