Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Capacity Building

PICC is committed to supporting the leadership development of immigrant and refugee community members and building the capacity of our member organizations and allies to advance immigrant rights by providing regular trainings and developing community education materials.

Our primary capacity building initiatives are:

  • Community Navigator Training Program:
    • Modeled after the CIRI National Community Navigator Training and adapted to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania, the PICC Community Navigator Training Program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to assist with a variety of immigration services, including leading know your rights workshops and assisting with citizenship applications and deportation defense packets.
  • Youth Organizing Project:
    • PICC understands that youth engagement is crucial to the long-term sustainability of our movement. Our Youth Organizing Project ensures that the voices of immigrant and refugee youth are included in shaping the direction of our work. Through youth committee meetings and local trainings, young people learn about organizing, storytelling, advocacy, strategy, and campaign development.
  • Ally Education & Engagement:
    • PICC is committed to educating and engaging allies to be more effective advocates for pro-immigrant legislation and against hateful and discriminatory bills. Through our monthly #StoptheHate Educational Webinars, allies are able to learn about a variety of immigration topics and how they they can take action to advance immigrant rights in a way that centers the needs of immigrant communities.

In addition to our main capacity-building programs, PICC coordinates a variety of trainings throughout the year. Topics include:

  • Civics and Advocacy Basics for Immigrant Leaders
  • Immigrant Worker Rights
  • Are You Eligible? Immigrant Access to Healthcare Training
    • Comprehensive training on how to identify and determine eligibility for health care services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to apply for key health programs. This training is intended for community workers and educators, advocates, case managers, social service and healthcare providers, and anyone who assists the immigrant community to access needed health care services.
  • Building Electoral Power for Immigrant Communities

Please check out the events calendar for upcoming trainings, and the Toolbox for materials you can use in your community or organization.

Contact Kim Dinh, Western PA Program Staff Member, for more information about our capacity building initiatives and upcoming trainings.