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Supporting refugee youth in taking their place as leaders within their communities and our world.

Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education

location_on United States
ARYSE is a student-centered organization supporting immigrant and refugee youth in becoming engaged, confident, and celebrated. Through out-of-school-time programs emphasizing creativity, ARYSE youth gain the tools they need to thrive. ARYSE is a movement to create an innovative system that supports youth from the day they arrive in the U.S. and throughout the process of actualizing their dreams.
Jenna Baron, Executive Director
Supporting immigrant and refugee youth integration requires intentionality, relationships, advocacy, and compassionate collaboration.

Jenna Baron, Executive Director

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What is ARYSE?

At ARYSE, we know that immigrants and refugees are invaluable assets to our communities. Our students - immigrant and refugee youth living in Allegheny County - are talented, caring, resilient, and with adequate support, will take their place as leaders and change our world. Most of our students have experienced a long and stressful process of migration to the States, and our goal is to ensure that when they get here, they are greeted with the warmth, community, and support they deserve.

Over the course of a 7-year journey, we have deepened and expanded our commitment to being a student-centered organization supporting immigrant and refugee youth in becoming engaged, confident, and celebrated. Through out-of-school-time programming combining creative expression workshops, literacy-rich activities, one-on-one academic support, career and college readiness curriculum, and storytelling for social healing, our students gain the tools they need to take their place as leaders within their communities and our world. Most importantly, ARYSE is a movement to create an innovative, collaborative system that supports immigrant and refugee youth from the day they arrive in the U.S. and throughout the process of actualizing their dreams.

Our flagship program is PRYSE Academy, a summer program for immigrant and refugee youth in middle and high school. PRYSE Academy is how the movement started. In 2013, local refugee youth and college students from the University of Pittsburgh took action when they realized that English learners were not receiving adequate academic or social support as they settled into Pittsburgh. By organizing a summer program, PRYSE Academy, they sought to address real-life factors like poverty, discrimination, and cultural misunderstandings that often stand in the way of immigrant and refugee youth achieving their full potential.

In 2017, I transitioned to full-time Executive Director, and since then, we have established 3 new programs to accommodate the growing and diverse immigrant populations in our region. Our vision is for ARYSE to become an international model for supporting young people as they transition into their new lives. Our team is honored to continue this work in collaboration with our students, especially at a moment when it feels more important than ever to stand with immigrant and refugee communities.

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2013
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In a foreign land, these youngsters spend their Pittsburgh summer piecing together a new language and confidence
During the summer of 2018, Pittsburgh Post Gazette featured our summer program, PRYSE Academy.
Pittsburgh Summer Camp Introduces Refugees To U.S. Culture
In July, 2017, we gained national press on NPR's All Things Considered for our innovative summer program, PRYSE Academy! Take a listen to hear our students talk about what the program means to them and the impact we're making in our community.
ARYSE Students Present Photo Voice Exhibit!
Youth Steering Committee
In January, 2019, we launched the inaugural ARYSE Youth Steering Committee! These committee members are ARYSE program alumni and applied to be committee members because of their interest in developing skills that translate to the workforce and their passion for creating change in our communities, especially when it comes to making Pittsburgh more welcoming for immigrant and refugees. ARYSE staff meet with the steering committee on a monthly basis to report to them on our work and get their input on program planning and development. We are so inspired by this group, and excited to continue building our collective power to improve ARYSE programming, strengthen our advocacy muscles, and prepare for our futures. #aryseandshine
Girls Art and Maker Group
Girls Art and Maker Group is a monthly meetup for immigrant and refugee teen women to create art and share stories, build community and leadership skills, and gain mentorship. The program combines creative expression workshops, facilitated dialogue sessions, professional development activities, and field trips to art studios and cultural events and landmarks throughout the Pittsburgh region. 
After School Club
The After School Club is a space for refugee youth living in one of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods where many newly arrived refugees currently reside. At the program, students in grades K-12 receive homework help, tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment from training, caring adult mentors. What's extra special about this program is that it provides a safe, productive, and creative space for youth to develop positive relationships with peers who live in their neighborhood. Simply put, the after school club is an essential resource to help ease the transition for youth who are just beginning to build new lives in Pittsburgh.
PRYSE Academy: A Place to Call Home
Check out this video of ARYSE summer program alumni, Maryam and Niraj, talk about what the program has meant to them and the experience of moving into the role of camp counselor. According to Maryam, "if you want to find a place that feels like home, you can always come to PRYSE."

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March 2019
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Our vision is for ARYSE to become an international model for supporting refugee and immigrant youth as they transition into their new lives.
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