The meaning of Citizenship supersedes its legal and status. It goes far beyond a stamped passport. Its essence reaches beyond being born in a country, naturalization, rights, privileges and allegiance. Its meaning is one of the most significant reasons why education-schooling is required and why life-long learning is encouraged.

It’s meaning is determined by each of us as we see ourselves. Do we think of ourselves as citizens of a country or do we, as human beings, see ourselves as citizens of the world beyond flags and borders.

Citizenship is not only learned in schools but also by lessons taught by ancestors, parents, mentors who teach the universality of its meaning – its connections to next door neighbors, those across town, state and across oceans.

Citizenship is not static but dynamic based on an ongoing review of history, its association to democracy, social justice, equity and the inalienable rights declared and affirmed by the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights.

Citizenship advocates for the authentication and amplification of these principles as they pertain to collaborations and responsibilities to enhance the quality of life of all current and future citizens. Citizenship provides an empathic voice to those who immigrate at this very instance seeking asylum, sanctuary, protections and opportunities of worth.