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

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.

English Classes:
Open enrollment for free English language classes for refugees and immigrants through RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment).

Syracuse Northeast Community Center – 716 Hawley Ave, Syracuse – Beginners English (w/ Arabic interpreter), Mondays and Wednesdays – 11:30am – 12:45pm

White Branch Library – 763 Butternut St. Syracuse – Beginners English, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:20pm (A2 Level), 3:30-4:20pm (A1 Level)

Online on Zoom
Intermediate/Advanced English Online Class – Mondays and Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm
Beginners Online Class – Mondays and Thursdays 7:00-8:15pm

Contact us at or call 315-412-1485 to register for classes.

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

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