Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE)
WISE was founded in 1995 by multi-cultural immigrant and refugee women who saw the importance of education and leadership as essential drivers of self-empowerment and self-actualization. Today, WISE continues to provide culturally-responsive education and advocacy to immigrant and refugee women, girls and those on the feminine gender spectrum through our partnerships with local school and community sites in Saint Paul, MN.
WISE provides academic support and college preparation for girls in middle school through college.
WISE offers a series of life, leadership and job skills training for women and girls of all ages.
WISE gives women and girls the tools to become self-empowered and self-sufficient individuals.
What We Do
Provide Academic Support
The Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) program operates both during school hours and after school for immigrant and refugee female-identified youth in grades 6-12. The program offers academic support, while also introducing life skills training and college preparation.
Facilitate Post-Secondary Success
The WeLEAD program supports GGAL alums and other immigrant and refugee female-identified students to help them thrive in college and other post-secondary programs. We offer career planning, scholarships and academic support to ensure the success of each student.
Foster Healthy Relationships
The Healthy Relationships program works with GGAL to educate girls and their families about what a healthy, safe relationship looks like. We work to raise awareness about gender-based violence and offer prevention-based strategies for youth and community members.
Strengthen Family Relationships
The Parent Encouragement program develops workshops and multilingual resources to help immigrant and refugee parents navigate school systems and support their children's developmental success.