Economic Empowerment Program
Cidadão Global works collaboratively with members and partners in order to build creative ways to lift community members out of poverty. We look to increase the employability and economic prowess of under-served community members through our diverse projects.
Cooperative Incubation Project
Cidadão Global is currently implementing a cooperative incubation plan, in order to create stable jobs with a living wage. A worker cooperative is a business where all workers participate equally in owning, operating and managing the business, as well as making all decisions regarding the business.
With technical assistance from organizational partners that are leaders in the cooperative incubation field, such as Center for Family Life, Cidadão Global drafted a plan to implement intense technical training to help domestic worker leaders develop their own cooperative. Ultimately, the Cooperative Incubation Project aims to lift Brazilian immigrant domestic workers out of poverty by increasing job stability, wages, bargaining power, business skills, protection of labor and employment rights, and collective decision-making.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a part of a cooperative, please send us your name, email, and telephone number below.
Workforce Development Project
Abrindo Horizontes, the Workforce Development Project of Cidadão Global, works to prepare participants to enter the formal job market, as well as to acknowledge and understand new opportunities. With a curriculum that includes ESL classes, individualized action plans, soft skill building, résumé and cover letter review, and mock interview training, participants emerge from project participation ready to fully integrate in the job search process.
Workforce Development Corner
Cidadão Global hosts a workforce development corner called Canto do Desenvolvimento Profissional, where members can work on a résumé, cover letter or curriculum vitae. This corner is fully equipped with a computer with résumé building software in both English and Portuguese, along with worksheets that help guide members in summarizing their work experience in order to create an effective résumé. Additionally, members can search for employment positions online and complete online employment applications. Members can also set up an appointment with staff or volunteers who are qualified to assist in résumé and cover letter creation.
Small Business Development
Through our Small Business Development workshops, Cidadão Global works to build entrepreneurial skills in the Brazilian immigrant community. Many of our members have dreams of starting their own baking company, cosmetology or restaurant business. We work with our partner organizations to bring in lecturers who inform our members of the necessary steps and right strategies in order to create a successful business plan.
Grassroots Organizing Program
Cidadão Global is the only non-profit that is fully invested in grassroots organizing of Brazilian immigrants in New York City. CG galvanizes the collective power of underrepresented community members, such as domestic workers and youth, in order to collectively ascertain issues affecting the community as well as their solutions, and to push for public policy changes based on the community’s own needs assessment. It is a way to make sure community members have a say at the decision-making table in public policy debates at the local, state, and national levels.
Domestic Workers Group
The Cidadão Global domestic worker group is a community-based group of Brazilian immigrant women who make their living in the United States as babysitters, housekeepers, or caring for the elderly. They participate in community dialogues focusing on the intersectionality of immigration and domestic work and reflect upon their own experiences as immigrant domestic workers.
Together with our allies, CG’s group of domestic workers successfully advocated for the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the first legislation in the country to recognize the rights and dignity of domestic workers, and to ensure the right to a minimum wage to domestic workers.
CG’s group of domestic workers is currently fighting for the Justice for Job Seekers Bill, in coalition with a number of allies. This New York State-based legislation would make it more difficult for employment agencies to exploit and commit fraud against all low-wage workers.
This is a project that organizes Brazilian, Brazilian-American and immigrant high school and college students. The focus of the group is to develop leaders within the community while helping them develop a social consciousness, participate in civic engagement, preserve their Brazilian heritage and culture, while following through with their academic and professional goals. The group also participates in campaigns, workshops and seminars that advocate for and further immigrant rights. Most notably, this group has been involved in the New York Dream Act Campaign, in order for immigrant students to have more access to funding to attend college.
People most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions. Therefore, leadership development is an essential component of organizing for social change. True change occurs only when underlying, systemic forces are understood and addressed. Together we implement collective action from the bottom up that challenges the status quo, demands changes in policy and practice, educates communities about root causes, and advocates and agitates for systemic and just solutions. Cidadão Global promotes leadership development by engaging the community in ascertaining and collectively seeking solutions for its problems.
Together, the members of Cidadão Global strategize and build campaigns around issues of social justice. Some of the skills our members have gained through their engagement are:
Knowledge of rights in immigration law, employment law, and language access
Here are some campaigns where Cidadão Global galvanized the collective strength of Brazilian immigrants in order to build social movements and create social change:
NY Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights
Justice for Job Seekers NY State Bill
Comprehensive Immigration Reform – We Belong Together Campaign
Build The Bridge – Language Access Campaign
One of the largest problems affecting the Brazilian immigrant community is the lack of availability of qualified and language appropriate legal services. When a community member is yet to learn English, it is extremely difficult to find an attorney that speaks Portuguese.
Additionally, the language barrier makes the community member more susceptible to fraud. Cidadão Global has implemented legal clinics that aim to close that gap and address some of the most pressing legal issues the community endures.
Immigration Law Clinic and Naturalization Project
Cidadão Global offers monthly immigration clinics in which members can meet with a NY State licensed immigration attorney for a consultation.
Additionally, the Cidadão Global attorney may represent clients in cases of naturalization, citizenship certificate requests, and fee waivers connected to those applications, in order to increase the community’s ability to vote in elections and promote civic engagement.
Further, the Cidadão Global attorney may represent clients in other affirmative immigration cases, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), on a case-by-case basis. If representation is not possible, we will refer the community member to another legitimate non-profit organization. In order to book an appointment time during the immigration clinic, please fill out the form below. Please include "Immigration Clinic" under the subject heading. In the body of the message, please give us your name, phone number and email address with a brief description of your immigration question. Someone will get in contact with you as soon as possible to book your appointment. Please note we cannot assist those who live abroad and cannot give legal assistance over the phone or via email.
Immigrants often describe themselves as living with feet in both worlds, an expression that reflects both the yearning to remain connected to Brazil as well as the yearning to become integrated in American society. Some of Cidadão Global’s activities aim to assist Brazilian immigrants to better integrate within American culture, while others assist second generation Brazilians reclaim their cultural heritage. All cultural preservation and integration projects and activities are entirely planned and run by volunteers.
Cultural Preservation and Integration
Language and Cultural Exchange
The Language and Culture Exchange is a weekly session where native English and Portuguese speakers meet to practice their conversation skills. Each session consists of a cultural topic in either the US or in Brazil. Participants learn and share personal stories about this topic. It is a friendly and casual environment, open to all levels and free.
Beyond conversational skills, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more about Brazilian and American culture. Participants frequently arrange outside excursions to museums or other cultural events.
Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses
Through a generous partnership with The New School, Cidadão Global hosts ESL classes on weekday evenings. The classes are 10 weeks long and taught by two qualified teachers. If you are interested in attending our ESL classes, please fill out the form below. Please include "ESL" under the subject heading. In the body of the message, please give us your name, phone number and email address. Someone will get in contact with you as soon as possible with more information.
Language Access Advocacy
Cidadão Global works with community partners, both from the non-profit and government sectors, in order to ensure that the most important resources are available to our members in Portuguese. We advocate for the importance of language access from legal forms to school letters.