Register today for RISE’s MULTIPLE Summer Youth Programs!

“The Future is Ours Refugee Youth Summit”

The 2-Day Summit will target 100 to 150 refugee youth between 9th and 12th grade and 50 to 100 parents to develop the leadership, employment, and education-related skills that they need to emerge confident and successful. The Future is Ours will build on our long tradition of supporting youth empowerment and self-sufficiency in the Syracuse community.

For More Information as well as Sponsorship Opportunities, Visit our Event Site Here!

“Cultivating Our Futures” Weekday Summer Camps

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 How to Help? Contact us at or call 315-214-4480. We are also accepting your donations for the programs. Visit Here to see what your donation can do!

Pathways to Professionalization: Counseling and Workshops

Through interactive workshops, 1-on-1 advisement, and education/employment development placement, RISE provides New American youth (ages 14 to 26) with the skills and confidence that you need to excel in school, the workplace, and in life.


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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