Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment

Education Initiatives

One Step at a Time

ADVANCE Programs @ RISE 2021 – 2022
Advance After School:
Will help students between the ages of 6 – 13 by offering academic support and enrichment for students throughout the school year.


Advance Summer:
This program is designed for elementary and middle school students, particularly those who have been in the country for under five years, to gain academic support and enrichment with a particular focus on literacy; provide opportunities for identity exploration; encourage healthy movement, play, and social interaction; and prepare students for the transition to young adulthood.


ASPIRE Programs @ RISE 2021 – 2022 Aspire:
Help students between the ages 14 – 25 set and achieve academic and career related goals
throughout the year.


Aspire Mentors:
Graduates from previous programs will mentor students who have been in the country for less than five years and help guide them through life as New Americans.


Aspire Generations:
An opportunity for New American students and their parents to come together and engage in
conversation.


Employment Services:
Assistance with employment needs for those between the age of 14 – 25 including searching for jobs, helping write resumes and cover letters, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, etc.


Women’s Empowerment Program:
Strengthening the bond between mothers and daughters, and empowering women. (Ages 11 – Mothers).


Aspire Ubuntu (Summer Writing Program):
A two-week-long summer writing program held at Syracuse University with the goal of completing a college essay. Summer 2022