The mission of WISE is to empower immigrant women and girls to succeed. WISE envisions a future where immigrant and women and girls will be honored for their wisdom, celebrated for their leadership, and empowered to create change in their lives and their communities.
Women and girls from different cultural backgrounds share commonalities, and when working together they can impact social change and create solutions for themselves.
Each women and girl shoudl have teh freedom to develp their own identity, take pride in both their cultrual heritage and personal accomplishments, and choose the best path for them.
Economic self-sufficiency is the cornerstone of being able to realize one's full potential. When immigrant women adn girls fully participate in the conomic system they and the community thrive.
We advocate for system changes that increase opportunities for all people to develop their unqiue potential and use their assets fully to benefit themselves adn contribute to society.
WISE was founded by a group of multi-cultural, first generation immigrant women in 1995 as a vehicle for education, leadership, social and economic empowerment of Asian, African, and Latina women, girls, and their families. WISE's founding members witnessed and experienced the negative impact a lack of education and having English as a second language has on the empowerment of immigrant women and girls.
The mission of the agency was built around empowering immigrant women and girls to succeed by using education and the development of leaderships skills to increase their economic self-sufficiency. The overall goal was to break the chain of poverty and provide necessary support and education for immigrant women to seek leadership positions in the workforce. This focus has remained the same over the years and led to the birth of Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) in 2003. GGAL assists low income, recently arrived immigrant and refugee girls to build English language, academic, college readiness, and leadership skill to empower them to succeed in their new home. 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.