As Americans head to the polls on November 8, this election day is especially meaningful for Sergio, who plans to vote for the first time in a U.S. election. Sergio became a U.S. citizen this summer after studying with Literacy Network and is now a registered voter.
Sergio, who is originally from Peru, enrolled in Literacy Network’s Citizenship classes in spring of 2022. In class, he learned about U.S. history and government while he practiced speaking, reading, and writing English. He also worked individually with one of Literacy Network’s personal tutor to hone his skills. His work paid off in July 2022 when he passed his interview and became a U.S. citizen.
As a citizen, Sergio is now eligible to vote. He is registered and excited for election day. “I need to participate for the decision for the most better for me, for the United States,” says Sergio. “I want to feel the vote for the first time. I want to participate.”
Each semester, The League of Women Voters visits Literacy Network’s Citizenship classes to share voting information with students. Literacy Network instructor and tutor Ruth Robarts shares, “Our students work for months, and sometimes years, to prepare for the U.S. citizenship test. They register after they pass the test and they vote. For them, voting is taking care of their new country and taking care their families. They are happy and proud to do both.”
Thirty Literacy Network students have become citizens so far in 2022. Congratulations to all these adult learners and new voters!
Hear more from Sergio, as well as his tutor and instructor Ruth, in this New 3 video!