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1 THE CHICAGO NEW AMERICANS PLAN BUILDING A THRIVING AND WELCOMING CITY

2 CHICAGO WELCOMES THE WORLD TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary 2 Initiatives 6 Introduction 10 Our Growth 13 Our Youth 21 Our Communities 31 Measuring Success 42 Potential Economic Impact 43 Conclusion 44 Acknowledgments 44 References 47

3 OFFICE OF THE MAYOR City of Chicago 121 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois Dear Friends, MAYOR OF CHICAGO 1

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5 WHEN CHICAGO THE CITY WILL BENEFIT GREATLY Helps immigrant-owned businesses flourish Doubles the exports from immigrant-owned businesses Becomes a more attractive city for high-skilled, foreign-born workers 7 Increases graduation rates for high school immigrant students and helps more 8 immigrants earn their GED certificate Increases immigrant participation in early childhood programs 9 3

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7 Our Growth 11 Our Youth Our Communities

8 OUR GROWTH 1 Increase exports from immigrant-owned businesses: Create a small business incubator: 3 Create a Chamber University : 4 Create pop-up City services: Promote tourism in immigrant neighborhoods: Ease transition back into professional careers: 7 Expand access to ESL and GED programs: 8 Enhance skills through employee programs:

9 OUR YOUTH 9 Improve early education: Encourage participation in summer enrichment programs: 11 Support undocumented childhood arrivals: Increase access to college savings programs: 13 Expand parent mentor programs: 14 Create more parent engagement centers: Provide specialized training for school personnel: 7

10 OUR COMMUNITIES Pass a Welcoming City ordinance: 17 Establish Welcoming City training: The City will train key personnel, including police officers, fire and emergency personnel, and other City staff about the Welcoming City ordinance. 18 Engage the Chicago Police Department: The City will work with the Chicago Police Department to create opportunities for regular meetings between immigrant advocates, community-based organizations, and local police commanders. 19 Reduce immigration services fraud: The City will launch a targeted campaign to reduce immigration services fraud, increasing inspections of immigration services providers and providing information on fraud to immigrants. Implement a language access policy: The City will implement a language access policy to ensure that immigrants are able to access critical services and information in the most common languages spoken in Chicago. The City will work to develop customized language access plans for departments and agencies that interact with immigrants. Establish cultural sensitivity training: The City will develop and provide cultural sensitivity training to City employees, including police officers, fire and emergency personnel, and other City staff, to better serve and protect immigrants. Launch Welcoming City campaign: The City will create a one-stop online portal to connect Chicago s immigrants with services and provide information to immigrants considering moving to Chicago. Create Welcome stations: The City will create public stations where immigrants can access targeted resources, services, and information, such as naturalization workshops and health screenings. Ensure access to local healthcare services: The City will convene a committee of healthcare providers and subject matter experts to analyze opportunities to expand immigrants access to healthcare. Encourage civic participation: The City will prepare immigrants for civic participation by offering civic engagement classes and linking immigrants to civic opportunities like board membership and leadership programs. Expand naturalization campaign: The City will work with community partners to develop, publicize, and host naturalization workshops. The City will also open Citizenship Corners in community hubs, where information on naturalization will be provided to immigrants in the most common languages spoken in Chicago. Host citizenship celebrations: The City will host citizenship swearing-in ceremonies, inviting communities to share in immigrants achievement. 8 8

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17 A. Immigrant-owned businesses ENTREPRENEURS PER 100,000 PE0PLE Houston Chicago Detroit Initiative 1. Increase exports from immigrant-owned businesses 19 EXPORTING BUSINESSES BY IMMIGRATION STATUS OF OWNER

18 Initiative 2. Create a small business incubator

19 Initiative 3. Create a Chamber University Initiative 4. Create pop-up City services Chicago New American Small Business Series 25 17

20 Initiative 5. Promote tourism in immigrant neighborhoods CHICAGO S LARGEST IMMIGRANT BUSINESS CORRIDORS in corridor B. Human capital 18

21 Initiative 6. Ease transition back into professional careers College to Careers at City Colleges of Chicago 19

22 Initiative 7. Expand access to English as Second Language and General Educational Development programs HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION ACHIEVED For these degree Less than a high 31 Initiative 8. Enhance skills through employee programs

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25 C. Children of immigrants foreign-born CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES BY ETHNICITY Initiative 9. Improve early education 37

26 Early Childhood Education benefits 38 Initiative 10. Encourage participation in summer enrichment programs 39

27 Initiative 11. Support undocumented childhood arrivals better access to resources, greater Chicago hosts largest DREAM Relief Day event in the United States Key Event Facts 41 7,250 1,500

28 D. Parents and schools

29 Initiative 12. Increase access to college savings programs STUDENTS WITH PARENTS WHO ATTENDED A POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION students Asian students 1st generation 1st generation

30 Initiative 13. Expand parent mentor programs 47

31 Initiative 14. Create more parent engagement centers Initiative 15. Provide specialized training for school personnel

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35 E. Public safety Initiative 16. Pass Welcoming City ordinance 48 33

36 Initiative 17. Establish Welcoming City training Initiative 18. Engage the Chicago Police Department 34

37 Initiative 19. Reduce immigration services fraud F. Access to services 49

38 Initiative 20. Implement a language access policy ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS OF CHICAGO S FOREIGN-BORN POPULATION 62% - Speak English Less Than Very Well 38% - Speak English Very Well

39 Initiative 21. Establish cultural sensitivity training Initiative 22. Launch Welcoming City campaign 37

40 Initiative 23. Create Welcome Stations Initiative 24. Ensure access to local healthcare services CHICAGO RESIDENTS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE BY IMMIGRATION STATUS 38

41 G. Civic engagement Initiative 25. Encourage civic participation 39

42 Initiative 26. Expand naturalization campaign Chicago has NATURALIZED FOREIGN-BORN POPULATION OF TEN LARGEST METRO AREAS Chicago Houston

43 Initiative 27. Host citizenship celebrations Swearing-in ceremony at City Hall 41

44 To make Chicago the world s most immigrant-friendly city, the City must effectively manage the implementation and success of this plan. With 27 interdependent initiatives and dozens of stakeholders, the Chicago New Americans Plan requires a robust measurement system that is capable of monitoring the success of initiatives, while also tracking progress toward higher-level goals. The Office of New Americans will utilize a multi-tiered scorecard to measure initiative implementation and results. The scorecard will also evaluate the extent to which the initiatives together are improving economic, civic, and cultural vitality for Chicago. This scorecard will evaluate the progress of peer cities in comparison to Chicago s progress. Regular scorecard updates will keep stakeholders informed on initiative-level performance, allowing them to react to challenges and make adjustments as needed. The following table provides a sample of the metrics that will be used. Sample performance indicators OUR GROWTH - Export revenue for immigrant-owned businesses participating in program - Number of applications received for shared-kitchen incubator - Number of immigrant entrepreneurs trained through Chamber University program - Number of immigrants using pop-up City services - Number of immigrant neighborhoods promoted by Choose Chicago - Number of candidates successfully completing GED or ESL programs - Number of unfilled positions in science, technology, engineering, and math - Number of participants in employer programs that enhance skills OUR YOUTH - Enrollment gap between immigrants and non-immigrants in Early Childhood Education programs - Academic performance gap between immigrant and non-immigrant children - High school graduation rate gap between immigrants and non-immigrants - Number of work permits issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program OUR COMMUNITIES - Percentage of police officers trained to uphold the Welcoming City ordinance - Number of people participating in regular meetings between the Chicago Police Department and immigrant community-based organizations - Number of annual immigration services fraud complaints - Percentage of City departments and sister agencies that have implemented language access plans - Number of visitors to the Welcoming Chicago portal - Number of people attending Welcome Stations - Percentage of Chicago Public Schools, Local School Council, and Park District advisory council seats filled by ethnic minorities - Percentage increase in number of naturalization applications received

45 Potential economic impact from The Chicago New Americans Plan initiatives WHEN CHICAGO THE CITY WILL BENEFIT GREATLY Helps immigrant-owned businesses flourish Doubles the exports from immigrant-owned businesses Becomes a more attractive city for high-skilled, foreign-born workers Increases graduation rates for high school immigrant students and helps more immigrants earn their GED certificate Increases immigrant participation in early childhood programs 43

46 Acknowledgments Office of New Americans advisory committee members Nancy Aardema Ana Bedard Lawrence Benito Jill Kushner Bishop Tanya Cabrera Reverend Walter Coleman Liz Griffiths DeChant Gerald Doyle Omar Duque Nilda Esparza Kathleen Jung Hee Fernicola Dalila Fridi Ami Gandhi Maricela García Sue Gin Layla Suleiman Gonzales Roberto Gonzales Luis Gutierrez Ahlam Jbara Alie Kabba Gary Kenzer Clara Lopez Emma Lozano Viviana Martinez Denise Martinez Mary Meg McCarthy Michael Mini George Mui Logan Square Neighborhood Association Institute for Workforce Education, a Division of St. Augustine College Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Multilingual Connections Illinois Institute of Technology Centro Sin Fronteras Albany Park Chamber of Commerce Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Little Village Chamber of Commerce Asian American Institute Northwestern Memorial Hospital South Asian American Policy and Research Institute Gads Hill Center Flying Food Group Illinois Department of Human Services The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Latinos Progresando The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago United African Organization Polish American Association El Valor Centro Sin Fronteras Office of Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia Illinois Governor s Office of New Americans Heartland Alliance s National Immigrant Justice Center Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency 44

47 Katya Nuques Rob Paral Jaz Park Maria Pesqueira Sima Quraishi Juan Rangel Ahmed Rehab Harold Rice Celena Roldán Juan Salgado Rebeccah Sanders Freddy Santiago Elena Segura Alberto Senior Caroline Shoenberger Alejandro Silva Rebecca Tancredi Tania Unzueta Arthur Velasquez Silvia Villa Bernarda Wong Partrick Saingbey Woodtor Enlace Chicago Rob Paral and Associates Korean-American Association of Chicago Mujeres Latinas en Acción Muslim Women Resource Center United Neighborhood Organization Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago Office Albany Park Community Center Erie Neighborhood House Instituto del Progreso Latino Chicago Cultural Alliance Iglesia Rebaño Church Archdiocese of Chicago MillerCoors Chicago Legal Clinic Evans Food Group Upwardly Global - Chicago Office The Association of Latino Men for Action Azteca Foods Illinois Department of Human Services Illinois Welcoming Center Chinese American Service League Africa International House Margo O Hara Thank you, Adolfo Hernandez Director of the Office of New Americans Office of the Mayor City of Chicago November 2012

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