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Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment

Empower immigrant and refugee women and girls in their journey of self-actualization

aka WISE   |   St Paul, MN   |  https://www.womenofwise.org/

Mission

To 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.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Pamela Zeller

Main address

570 Asbury St Suite 202

St Paul, MN 55104 USA

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EIN

41-1791358

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Our programs

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Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership

Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) is an academic, leadership and college preparation program for underserved and at-risk immigrant/refugee girls in 6th-12th grade. This program utilizes self-empowerment workshops, consistent academic support, and the development of relationships with college mentors to achieve positive student outcomes. Our number one goal is to help our GGAL girls dream big and create plans to achieve those dreams.

Population(s) Served
Adolescent girls
Young girls
Preteen girls
Immigrants and migrants

The WeLEAD program was started in 2014 as a means to help immigrant and refugee women navigate post-secondary education and to prepare them to be economically and financially self-sufficient. 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. WeLEAD is a free program for immigrant and refugee women who are enrolled or plan to be enrolled in post-secondary education.

Population(s) Served
Women
Immigrants and migrants

This program works with students to help them decide if, when and how they want to interact with others. The focus of the program activities are to prevent dating violence, stalking, cyberstalking and sex trafficking through knowing how to differentiate between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy one; and to learn about bystander intervention which teaches them about the signs of abuse and how to safely intervene with a classmate, friend or family member to keep them safe.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescent girls

The Parent Encouragement Program started in 2020 and is a component of our GGAL program where we will work with parents to get them more informed and involved in their child’s education. This program is meant to strengthen the GGAL program by encouraging, and creating access for, parent engagement. It is a reasonable expansion of program activities and will create working relationships between the program and parents.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Immigrants and migrants

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

WISE believes that when we create equity, resources, opportunities and access for the most vulnerable in our society, we create it for all. Until women, girls and individuals on the feminine gender spectrum have the same economic opportunities and compensation, can live without the fear of sexual assault and other forms of violence, and have all of the freedoms and rights that every human being deserves, WISE will continue to provide academic support, life and leadership development, and economic advancement opportunities to all immigrant/refugee women and girls.

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Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment

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as of 09/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization