Register today for RISE’s MULTIPLE Summer Youth Programs!


Experiential in design, our “Cultivating Our Futures” youth programs help students cultivate self-confidence and critical literacy skills through mentorship, civic engagement, and play.

Want to learn more? Contact us at or call 315-214-4480.


Our Mission

The mission of Refugee and Immigrant Self- Empowerment (RISE) is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY.

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Our Vision

All refugees and immigrants are empowered to become economically independent and productive members of society who enrich their new community while maintaining their cultural identity.

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Our History

Formerly known as the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA), RISE was founded by Somali Bantu refugees in 2004 to ease the transition of other members of the resettled Somali Bantu community living in Onondaga County. RISE was established at the beginning of 2016.

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