Goodwill Receives Citizenship Grant

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WICHITA, KAN. — Goodwill Industries of Kansas was awarded a $122,000 grant that will allow the nonprofit organization to provide citizenship integration services to communities, as well as students of its adult education program, NexStep Alliance, over the course of the next two years. Goodwill received the funding based on its innovative approach to delivery via its mobile digital skills lab. Goodwill’s mobile lab is a classroom on wheels that will bring citizenship integration services to areas of need.

In addition to offering the class through its mobile lab, students of NexStep Alliance will be able to enroll in a citizenship class where instructors will assist them in studying for the U.S. civics exam, practicing for the citizenship interview, and will connect them with additional resources for a better understanding of the naturalization process.

“Goodwill has a history of innovation in our approach to empowering Kansans with workforce solutions,” said Laura Ritterbush, President and CEO. “By creating a pathway to citizenship we provide opportunities to individuals and communities as well as help support businesses within our territory.”

NexStep Alliance began offering the citizenship class internally to its ESL students in January of 2023 and is targeting June 2023 for its mobile program. Organizations that are interested in bringing the program to their area can inquire at