PRYSE Academy


Supporting recently arrived refugees in achieving confidence through learning, creativity, and exploration.

PRYSE Academy is where the innovative work of ARYSE began.

Since 2013, PRYSE Academy has been organized by passionate volunteer undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

While ARYSE has grown into much more than PRYSE Academy alone, that original spirit of justice, creativity, determination, and resourcefulness remains the same.

Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Academy

PRYSE Academy is a summer program for immigrant and refugee youth in middle and high school who live in Allegheny County.

Through engaging academic curricula, creative expression workshops, team-building activities, field trips, and soccer programming, PRYSE is proven to help participants develop literacy skills, build personal confidence, prepare for the school year, and deepen their sense of belonging.

Thanks to donors and support from local foundations, PRYSE is completely free of cost to participants.