Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment

Education Initiatives

After-School Program:

Empowering students 3rd-12th grade and early college participants to better succeed in their academic and personal lives through math, reading, and soft skill building, while providing a safe learning environment that is inclusive.

Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Destiny Christian Center

Our current program runs until May 1st, 2023.

Information on our summer program will be available soon.

Women’s Empowerment:

Nutrition Program

This spring, Women’s Empowerment will be hosting a nutrition class in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The class will take place on Monday mornings from 10:30 am-11:45 am starting on 3/27/23 and ending on 4/17/23 at the Destiny Christian Center, on 514 Turtle St, Syracuse, NY 13208. The class will involve lessons about food resources within the community, meal planning, and healthy eating on a budget. The last class will include a cooking demonstration, where participants will learn how to make an easy snack/meal for either their children or themselves. The nutrition program will also provide an opportunity for women to get to know one another and build community.

Girls On The Run

This spring, Women’s Empowerment will be hosting a Girls on the Run program for girls from 5th through 8th grade. The program focuses not only on physical exercise but on the girl as a whole. Lessons will teach life skills such as boundary setting, decision-making, and team building. The program is girl-centered, allowing the girls to take on leadership goals and build community among one another. The program culminates in an end-of-season, non-competitive 5k where the girls will have the opportunity to show off their skills to their community and spend time socializing with their teammates.

For more information or registration contact us at or call 315-234-2348.

Diversity in Early Education and Care:

The DEEC program (Diversity in Early Education and Care) is a 16 week program designed to help immigrants, refugees, and emergent bilinguals who want to find employment or become an entrepreneur in the field of childcare.

We are starting in March and will run through late June. We will continue to accept students until we are full and catch them up if they join late.

Classes are held on Friday mornings, 9:30am – 12:00pm. We also have a special class specifically for Afghanis with interpretation services in both Dari and Pashto. That class is held on Mondays, 9:30am – 12:00pm.

Classes are held at 302 Burt Street, and we have a nursery corner in our classroom, so participants are welcome to bring children, if they have any.

Potential students can reach out to me via email

or they are welcome to call or text me: Katy at (315)480-0683.

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.

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