Aspire @ RISE (Ages 14 – 25)

Program goals include helping students succeed academically in high school and early college with a particular focus on literacy; preparing students for college, careers, and self-sufficiency; exploring career options; providing opportunities for leadership development and peer support; assisting students in understanding their identity and family journey; aiding students in the development of social emotional intelligence, financial literacy, goal setting, time management, and other life skills to ensure a successful transition to adulthood.

  • These programs are free for all students to attend. 
  • Students have the opportunity to earn financial incentives. 
  • In partnership with the Food Bank of Central New York, we provide snacks or a hot meal to all who attend. 
  • Transportation is available for both locations. 
  • Our programs are located on both the Southside and Northside of Syracuse to best serve our families in their own neighborhood. 

Aspire @ RISE is a collection of programs that prepares youth ages 14-25 for their next steps.


Assistance achieving academic and career related goals throughout the year. Meet one-on-one with a counselor to set your goals, then participate in workshops and field trips centered around career goals and preparation, professionalization, college readiness, and building life skills. The program also includes weekly academic support, Regents Exam and SAT preparation, paid internship opportunities, and academic scholarships. 

  • Workshops and field trips take place throughout the entire year on select Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Tutoring takes place during the school year on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 – 7 pm.
  • Exam prep takes place on select Saturdays.
Aspire Mentors

Graduates from previous programs will mentor students who have been in the country for five years or less and help guide them through life as a New American. Program meets once monthly.

Aspire Generations

An opportunity for New American students and their parents to come together and engage in conversation. Program meets quarterly.

Aspire Ubuntu: “I am because we are”

A two week-long summer writing program with the goal of improving student writing, understanding identity, and producing a college essay.

Employment Services

Our education and employment teams join forces to help older youth find flexible employment opportunities that work with school and family schedules.  We provide assistance with any employment needs, including searching for jobs, help writing resumes and cover letters, applying for jobs, preparing and attending interviews, etc. 

To volunteer or enroll, contact Education Program Coordinator Hillary Oddo at or call 315-214-4480. For more information and program updates, follow RISE’s Education Team on Instagram @RISE.ED, and use the #RISEAspire!

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