Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
MissionTo support immigrant and refugee women, girls and those on the feminine gender spectrum in their journey of self-actualization through culturally-responsive education, advocacy, systems change and resource development. We envision a world where immigrant and refugee women, girls and those on the feminine gender spectrum, are celebrated for their leadership, honored for their wisdom, and recognized for their contributions to an equitable, just and violence-free world.
What We DoWISE provides academic support and life/leadership skills training to immigrant/refugee women, girls, and those on the feminine gender spectrum. WISE has four core programs to meet its mission:
1. Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership program (GGAL) - an enrichment program for 6th-12th grade immigrant/refugee girls, which focuses on academic support, leadership skills training, and self-development.
2. WeLEAD - a college support and preparation program for immigrant/refugee women who are enrolled or need support in enrolling in a post-secondary or certificate program. WeLEAD additionally provides professional development training to prepare women for the workforce.
3. Healthy Relationships - a program that teaches GGAL students and community members about setting healthy boundaries in all their relationships; and being able to identify unhealthy factors in a relationship so as to prevent dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
4. Parent Encouragement - a component of the GGAL program that teaches families about how to support the healthy development of their children and how navigate resources in their community.