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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 Event

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Give Generations Art Competition

The deadline to enter the Give Generations Art Competition is May 30th! Entering is free and the winner will have the opportunity to win $650 and the chance to promote their work at our major Give Generations Fundraiser in the Fall of 2019.

Art work must be original pieces that reflect the experiences of immigrant and refugee women and girls.

Click on the link above to learn more about our terms and conditions for entering.



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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