As we wait for feedback and suggestions from our partner organization [Austin Pregnancy Resource Center], our team (G.O.A.L) began researching on areas such as Nutrition, Housing, Employment, Education, Health (mental and physical), Citizenship, Governmental Benefits, and Safe Places (for domestic violence and LGBTQ issues). Through a random selection, I got to research topics for Citizenship, and Safe Place.
Ever since our last blog post, not only have we updated you on our problem and solution, we also updated the organization that we are working for. A lot has changed since we visited the site (APRC) and we had shifted our focus in another direction. Our original problem was helping the APRC with their advertisement, how to redesign or innovate their pamphlets, however after we saw how they have an abundance of professional brochures and listened to Ms. Devillez (the founder of the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center) talk about her vision of the Mentorship Program. We decided that it would be more beneficial to help the mentors to distribute information and resources with an organized resource guide. The design for this resource guide is going to be a like a Menu, which was described in my last blog post. As of Monday, of this week, our group started researching on the many topics that the mothers might ask when visiting the mentorship program.
To become a U.S. citizen is an important task many immigrants here in the Austin area and other cities in Texas. Ms.Devillez (the founder of APRC) described how many mothers came to them for help were from other countries. Thus, if any of mother wants to take the path of naturalization, the mentor would have the resources and information to give to them. As I was researching, I began to take notes on what each link was used for.
I learned that you must be a U.S permanent resident (green card) for at least 5 years to be eligible for U.S Citizenship, and so if the mother who is coming to APRC is an illegal immigrant then it would be a little hard for her to obtain citizenship, versus the mother with a green card or someone who came here legally. Another surprising piece of information is that Austin does not have a Field Office (a place where immigrants can get an interview to become a citizen). The closest office services are in San Antonio.
I also did some research on safe places or services that will serve victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and rape. I compiled all the important links and resources that would be useful to have, as the mother might be suffering from these issues. I also add links to other safe places for individuals part of the LGBTQ community, like support groups in the Austin area. It is important for us to not leave anyone out.
An important note I learned from this project is that there are so many problems in the world. But if we can correctly identify our problem, and have good reliable resources and a supportive team, then there is nothing we cannot solve.