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Empowering girls to succeed


The women's initiative for self empowerment (WISE) has been supporting immigrant and refugee girls through educational attainment and life skills training since 1995


WISE Women


WISE was founded by a group of multicultural, first generation immigrant women in 1995 as a vehicle for educational, leadership, social and economic empowerment for immigrant and refugee women and girls.

WISE's founding members experienced the hardship of learning a second language with limited access to education and career opportunities.  They built the agency around empowering immigrant women and girls to succeed by using education and the development of leadership skills to increase their economic self-sufficiency.  They also sought to break the overall chain of poverty associated with gender and education in multicultural communities.

Over the past decade, WISE has implemented a number of community-based initiatives aimed at raising public awareness of immigrant issues, developing leadership capacities, and promoting self-sufficiency of immigrant and refugee women and girls. 



Upcoming Events

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Healing Youth Through Art Conference, April 26

Neighborhood House | 179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107 | 9:00AM-4:30PM

Register for the Healing Youth Through Art Conference, April 26th! Join other youth workers in four diverse workshops centered on using unique art platforms to heal and lead youth. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and leave the conference with resources and tools to work with their youth.



Our Work


Girls Getting Ahead in leadership

Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) is a during-school program designed to provide girls grade 6-12 with academic support and life skills training.  Learn more about GGAL now!



The WeLEAD program supports our GGAL alums in finding employment after graduation and providing on-going professional skills training and academic support for those entering higher education.                                                                                                              


Healthy Relationships

Our Healthy Relationships program focuses on educating families about what is a healthy relationship and bringing awareness to gender-based violence.                                                                    



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