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PRYSE Academy  

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.

You can nominate a student to attend PRYSE! Case workers, teachers, and volunteers who work with English learners are encouraged to nominate students they know. Just fill out this form and we will reach out to you and/or the student with information. 

Questions? Email our planning team: Tina@arysepgh.org, Neelam@arysepgh.org

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Girls Art & Maker Group

The purpose of ARYSE Girls Art & Maker Group is to bring together young immigrant women to create art, share their stories, develop friendships, and gain mentorship from each other and adult facilitators. The program space is structured with curricula that combines creative expression projects, facilitated dialogue sessions, and field trips to art spaces and cultural landmarks throughout Pittsburgh. The goals of the program are to: develop friendships and community around shared experiences, create artwork that tells stories, gain mentorship from peers and caring adults, identify self-care strategies for managing stress and difficult personal situations, and host a public exhibit of participants’ artwork in May or June 2018. 

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Crafton Heights After School Program

The Crafton Heights After School program is a pilot project organized by Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE), Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP). The purpose of the program is to provide a safe and fun space for youth of all ages living in Crafton Heights to receive homework help, tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment. While many youth living in Crafton Heights are English Learners, i.e. immigrant and refugee youth, who need extra support in developing literacy skills and adjusting to a new environment, the program also welcomes native English speakers.

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Global Minds Partnership 

ARYSE supports Global Minds in expanding their programs to high schools across the Pittsburgh region. ARYSE has specifically supported the Global Minds Initiative in bridging the gap between English learners and non-immigrant students at Brashear high school, developing friendships, and working together to tackle social justice issues within their communities. Students meet every every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm at Brashear High School.