Volunteer Training Presentation 

Description: This presentation is designed to train volunteers who have agreed to help out at Interactive Community Presentations. The Interactive Community Presentation depends on volunteers for a variety of reasons: greet participants, distribute materials, answer questions participants have about the worksheet, answer "example" questions throughout the presentation, collect written questions, and direct participants to the Iowa Courts Online table and individual consultations. The presentation takes about two hours. The presentation is identical to the Interactive Community Presentation, but contains additional "volunteer tip" slides tailored to help volunteers identify common questions and concerns.  

For the complete Volunteer Training Presentation, click here: 

Goal: The goal of this particular presentation is train community volunteers about the new priorities and immigration programs, as well as explain how the Interactive Community Presentation will function.

For a complete guide on How To Plan a Immigration Relief Presentation, click here: PDF iconHow to Plan an Immigration Relief Presentation.pdf.

How is this presentation "interactive"? 

Self-Screening Worksheet: This worksheet serves as a self-screening document for presentation participants, so that they can determine whether they may be an enforcement priority or whether they are eligible for DAPA or the new DACA program. The worksheet is available in English or Spanish and should be handed out before the presentation. Participants do not need to complete the top portion of the worksheet that contains identifying information. It is important to emphasize that the worksheet is supposed to help participants and will not be collected by the organization.  

The participants are directed to fill out the worksheet throughout the relevant portions of the presentation, including supporting documents that are required to apply. By the end of the presentations, participants should have a good idea about whether or not they are eligible for on of the new programs. If your organization is planning a future immigration relief clinic, participants should be encourage to keep the worksheet and bring it back to the clinic.

For the Self-Screening Worksheet in English, click here:  English Self-Screening Worksheet.pdf  
For the Self-Screening Worksheet in Spanish, click here:  Spanish Self-Screening Worksheet.pdf

Examples: The presentation contains many "examples" or story problems which encourage audience to discuss and answer questions. In our experience, this helps participants remember the specific requirements or immigration terms and makes the presentation feel less like a lecture. 

Questions: Participants always have questions about the material in the presentation. In our experience, answering questions one-by-one can add a half hour or even an hour to the presentation. We encourage organizations to provide participants with pieces of colored paper and the participants can anonymously write and submit their questions. We generally have a volunteer walk around with a basket collecting the questions. All questions are then answered at the very end of the presentation.

Iowa Courts Online Check: The presentation begins by talking about a very difficult topic: criminal history and ICE enforcement priorities. We have found that immigrant communities would rather be aware and prepared of any possible interactions with ICE. Following the presentation, we have volunteers at a table offer to perform a public Iowa Courts Online check to help determine whether a participant may be an enforcement priority. 

For a sample Iowa Courts Online Check Chart in English, click here:  Iowa Courts Online Check.pdf. 
For a sample Iowa Courts Online Check Chart in Spanish, click here:  Tribunales de Iowa en la Red.pdf.
For an Iowa Courts Online Key, click here:  Iowa Courts Online Key.pdf

Past Addresses Check: Many immigration programs require applicants to provide all past addresses for a specified time. We are still waiting on the DAPA and new DACA guidelines, but we anticipate applicants will have to provide all addresses since arriving in the U.S. 

For a sample Past Addresses Chart in English, click here:  Past Addresses Chart.pdf.
For a sample Past Addresses Chart in Spanish, click here:  Direcciones Anteriores .pdf

Individual Consultations: After the presentation and the Iowa Courts Online check, we provide individual consultations for participants with specific questions about their circumstances. In order to hold individual consultations, your organization will need at least one immigration attorney or BIA Representative. 

Brochure: Each participant should receive an informative brochure before leaving the presentation. Your organization can customize this brochure to include accurate contact information, 

For a sample Presentation Brochure in English, click here:  English Presentation Brochure.pdf.
For a sample Presentation Brochure in Spanish, click here:  Spanish Presentation Brochure.pdf

For an editable version of the brochure, please email: ____________.