We support immigrant and refugee youth in becoming engaged, confident, and celebrated members of our communities.
What We Do
Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE) works toward its mission by providing individualized mentoring and support to immigrant and refugee youth, organizing summer and other out-of-school-time programming (including PRYSE Academy, Girls Art and Maker Group, Global Minds After School Program, among others), and through advocacy for immigrant-friendly systems and policies on local, state, and national levels.
“This is a land of immigrants, and most come here for opportunity, a second chance. It’s our time to fight for the America we know we can have.”
— Ilhan omar, the first female Somali-American legislator in the U.S.
Why We Do It
Nationally and locally, school-age refugees struggle with literacy, social isolation, poverty, cultural misunderstandings, discrimination, and succeeding in school systems that are often not fully equipped to meet their needs. ARYSE's programs are tailored to these needs. Through out-of-school time programs and individualized support, ARYSE helps to ease the integration process, fosters youth's sense of belonging, and opens doors to opportunities for youth to become engaged members of the broader community.
ARYSE's flagship program is Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) Academy – founded in 2013, PRYSE is a three-week summer program that combines English and academic classes, creative expression workshops, civic engagement activities, and sports to help immigrant and refugee youth become prepared for the school year and develop confidence in themselves through sharing and celebrating their cultural identities.
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