Volunteer Opportunities


 Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment relies upon the support of volunteers to assist in carrying out the day-to-day activities of the Center. We are always looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities, including:

  • The “Cultivating Our Futures” Youth and Adult Education Programs: Assisting with the implementation of the ENL Classes, the After School Program, and the Saturday Academy
  • Youth and Women’s Empowerment Mentorships
  • Fundraising
  • Career/Employment Assistance
  • Special Events Assistance/Planning
  • Administrative and Development Assistance

Additionally, have a skill or talent that you would like to offer? A potential program? Share it with us!  Email elizabeth@syracuserise.org to inquire more about the volunteer opportunities available at RISE!

Here are just a few reflections from volunteers on the benefits of volunteering at RISE:

-“Volunteering at RISE was one of my best experiences at Syracuse University. I leave with such gratitude for the opportunity to connect on so many levels with the staff, the other volunteers, and all of our students in such a short period of time. Working with this program has shown me that I can be a confident educator, who is capable of getting comfortable in challenging situations and can communicate effectively (even when there are language barriers). It is incredible what can be accomplished when everyone has the same drive in our hearts!”

“-I have always loved working with youth, but having the opportunity to work with refugee youth was a very new experience for me. I have learned to stay humble in situations and come from a place of understanding and patience when talking to these children. Many of these kids just need a friend and a mentor growing up and I feel like I could really be that source for many of these students this past semester. I never saw these students as refugee students who had less than me, I always spoke to them on a personal level and never tried to paint myself as an authority figure that told them what to do. Of course, I demanded respect, but it was mutual, I always showed them respect first.”