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Staten Island New Americans Welcome Center

Welcome to the Staten Island New Americans Welcome Center and
Office for New Americans (ONA) Neighborhood Opportunity Center

The YMCA is committed to serving the newcomer/immigrant population of New York City. In response to their needs, the Y operates six New Americans Welcome Centers to support newcomers and immigrants in reaching their goals of employment, education, civic engagement, naturalization, cultural competence and upward mobility in the communities they live.

New York City’s YMCA is here for all. Our New Americans Initiative is a safe haven for immigrants looking for support and services. We never turn anyone away — or inquire about immigration status.

The New Americans Welcome Centers serve as multilingual information resource and referral centers and provides newcomers/immigrants, and their families, with a wide array of instructional, vocational, recreational, family support, and social services. Instructional services include English as a Second Language, Cultural Orientation, Citizenship Preparation, Job Readiness, and Computer Literacy. Some of our Centers offer Adult Basic Education (“ABE”) and High School Equivalency (“HSE”) classes.  All services are free of charge.

For more information or to obtain services, please contact us.

Free Legal Immigration and Immigrant Services:

With funding from Governor Cuomo's Office for New Americans (ONA), we are proud to be Staten Island's designated ONA Neighborhood Opportunity Center. We offer free legal advice for immigration issues such as: determining eligibilty for citizenship, green card renewals, citizenship applications, fee waivers, and DACA (Deferred Action). Call our offices to schedule an appointment with an attorney or to begin your citizenship application process. We will walk you through the enitre process and help you reach your goal of obtaining American Citizenship. Call us today at 718-981-4382.


Summer Class Flyers:

Legal Consultations and Citizenship Drives

  • 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • June 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • July 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • August 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • September 2018 Citizenship Drive: English | Español
  • October 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • November 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • December 2018 Legal Consultations: English
  • Citizenship Application Assistance: English | Español

About our Programs

Journal on Migration and Human Security


For more information on the Staten Island YMCA New Americans Welcome Center at the Counseling Center, please contact:

Joanne Springstead
Program Director
Tel. 718-907-6087

Regina Marks
Program Coordinator
Tel. 718-907-6088

Justina Gibbs
Program Coordinator 
Tel. 718-907-6097

Darragh Murphy
Community Health Worker/Data Manager
Tel. 718-907-6099