Welcoming Week is a time to celebrate the values that unite us and to make our community more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls New York City home. Join us at free events across the five boroughs throughout September!

Mid-Autumn Festival at the Chinatown YMCA

Friday, September 13, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Chinatown YMCA
273 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

We proudly welcome families and friends to join us for a day that promotes Chinese culture through a range of activities at our Mid-Autumn Festival, which includes homemade lanterns, moon cake and tea tasting, arts and crafts!

Grand Opening of Flatbush YMCA New Americans Welcome Center

Monday, September 16, 1-3 PM
Flatbush YMCA
1401 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Celebrate with the YMCA as we open our seventh New Americans Welcome Center at the Flatbush YMCA in Brooklyn!

National Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 10:30 AM-2 PM
Queens Library
41-17 Main Street, Flushing, New York

Celebrate National Constitution Day! Learn about Census 2020, play a game of Jeopardy or sit back and listen to perspectives through poetry.

Explore Immigration to the United States

Wednesday, September 18, 1-3 PM
New York Public Library, Stapleton Branch
123 Canal Street, Staten Island, NY 10304

Join us as we explore and discuss "Fievel, an American Tale" and use this popular animated film to focus on who, what, when, where, and how people immigrated. This is an opportunity for the community to explore issues such as friendship, discrimination and personal and cultural differences among people.

Call 718-907-6088 to RSVP.

Welcoming Week at the Harlem YMCA

Thursday, September 19 at 6 PM
Harlem YMCA
180 West 135th Street, New York, NY 10030

You're invited to an evening of food and culture! Meet some of our students from all over the world and sample foods from West Africa, Yemen, the Dominican Republic, and more. Learn about the many cultures in Harlem and celebrate the diversity of this vibrant neighborhood.

Citizenship Day with CUNY and the New York Daily News

Saturday, September 21, 10 AM-2 PM
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

Get help completing your citizenship application during a Citizenship Day sponsored by CUNY and the New York Daily News. Call 646-664-9400 or 718-665-0400 to make an appointment and find out what documents you need to bring.

Celebrating Culture through the Arts at the Prospect Park YMCA

Saturday, September 21, 3:30-6:30 PM
Prospect Park YMCA
357 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Join us as we come together to discover the artistic wonders of our diverse community. We invite you to watch dance performances, crochet making, and quilt making!

Flatbush Frolic

Sunday, September 22, 11 AM-4 PM
Cortelyou Road

Welcoming Week is a chance for neighbors to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community. Join us for fun games, arts and crafts, and a photo booth, or learn more about the New Americans Welcome Center and its many services!

About NYC's YMCA's New Americans Initiative

Our New Americans Initiative provides classes, workshops, and services at the following YMCA branches:

Free Classes

We offer free classes in:

  • Conversational English and ESL
  • Computer literacy
  • Citizenship preparation
  • Workforce development in the healthcare industry
  • Free home health aide training and certification program
  • Adult basic education and high school equivalency preparation classes
  • Employment support and coaching

Contact one of our centers to learn about class offerings and upcoming workshops.

Our Impact

  • 6 New Americans Welcome Centers in New York City
  • In 2017, 96 of our NAI participants achieved citizenship
  • 5,000+ immigrants and their families supported annually
  • 99 countries from which new Americans have immigrated


Our work on behalf of new immigrants depend on the generosity of our supporters. Donate today to help immigrants fulfill their American dreams.

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