Women’s Empowerment and Leadership




The Women's Empowerment and Leadership (WeLEAD) program was started in 2014 as a means to help immigrant and refugee women navigate post-secondary education and prepare them for the workforce. It is the sister program to Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL), whose program focus is on academic support and leadership training for 6th-12th grade girls.

Originally just for former GGAL participants entering college, WeLEAD is now open to all immigrant and refugee women who are actively pursuing higher education.

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Leadership & Life Skills Training

WISE provides continuous leadership development opportunities in order to help young immigrant women live in a safe environment free from violence.  Activities include

  • Time management workshops

  • Homeownership workshops

  • Financial literacy skills development

  • Self-esteem development

Academic Support

WISE continues to provide academic support for GGAL girls going into higher education. Education is one of our key components to building self-confidence and gaining economic wealth. Our support includes

  • Access to GED resources and help

  • College homework assistance

  • Financial aid guidance


Job Skills Support

WISE aims to train immigrant women to achieve economic success, fully participate in the state's economy, and to have access to diverse high-paying work opportunities.  Our support includes

  • Internship match

  • Job shadowing support

  • Referral services to connect immigrant women to a variety of resources

  • Opportunities to inspire and connect young women to members of the community

  • Resume building and writing

  • Job interview practice

How to get Involved

Those interested in participating in WeLEAD many contact See Lee, WeLEAD Program Coordinator at slee@womenofwise.org.

WeLEAD participant having a mock interview at Dress for Success

WeLEAD participant having a mock interview at Dress for Success

WeLEAD participants at Self-Care Night

WeLEAD participants at Self-Care Night



See Lee

WeLEAD Program Coordinator