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Empower immigrant and refugee women and girls to succeed


WISE History


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

WISE aims to empower immigrant and refugee women and girls to succeed through advocacy and culturally competent services, including academic support and life and leadership skills training, so that they can be self-sufficient members of their community and beyond. WISE provides services to women and girls in 6-12th grade and in college. Services include financial literacy, healthy relationships, self-identity, and homework help.

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. 



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!

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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.                                                                    


Live Free Without Violence Campaign

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women


The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women's Live Free Without Violence flag campaign aims to raise awareness to the tragic impact of domestic violence and to foster community conversations.

Participation in the Live Free Without Violence flag campaign serves to:

  • honor those who have lost their lives;

  • increase community awareness of domestic violence; and

  • engage our communities in proactive efforts to address violence.

Learn more about the LFWV campaign at

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