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.
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.
Our Healthy Relationships program focuses on educating families about what is a healthy relationship and bringing awareness to gender-based violence.
Check out what we’re up to by visiting our Events page. WISE holds at least two conferences and fundraisers a year, including our annual WISE Luncheon and a number of CEU-eligible conferences/workshops.
OUR NEXT EVENT:
Give Generations - Wine-tasting & Silent Art Auction
WISE adopts seven core values that express our work with diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-ethnic communities to eliminate the education gap. Learn more about what they are and how they represent our mission.