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The Jane Addams School for Democracy is a community-based civic engagement initiative based in the West Side neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. It is coordinated by staff of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Participants in the Jane Addams School self-organize in learning circles and pairs, mixing English speakers with native Hmong-, Somali- or Spanish-speakers. There is no charge to attend, and there are no fixed courses. Individuals participate as long as they wish. The school is founded on the principle that everyone is both a teacher and a learner. The Jane Addams School is inspired by the vision of democracy, productive citizenship, and popular education held by settlement house pioneers like Jane Addams, who created Hull House in Chicago. Since the school opened in 1996, more than 1,500 participants from around the Twin Cities have naturalized as U.S. citizens.

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