The Somali Women Rising Program is designed to empower Somali and other East African refugee
women to live successfully in their American community, and encourage self-sufficiency. This year-long
program offers women language and literacy education and life skills classes in a culturally-safe space
that builds tangible English and social skills.
Literacy and Language Support:
Many Somali women are only minimally literate in their primary language. They lack the skills to transfer
knowledge into English, since the education they received in their home countries did not teach basic
language concepts. Somali-speakers will aid such students’ understanding and thereby expedite the
English language acquisition process. This is a critical learning aid often unavailable in most other ESOL
programs. Classes are held twice a week for two hours.
Social Services and Life Skills:
Program participants require moral support above all other needs, in order to manage the difficult
transition into American life. This weekly group will build tangible life management skills for women,
enable them to connect with other Somali and East African women in transition and improve their self-
esteem. It offers a forum to freely express yourself in ways you cannot in other community settings,
hold honest discussions about relevant life issues and engage in teambuilding activities. This weekly
workshop will help build and extend support systems with women in your community.
Each woman will also work with a female case manager who will work closely with them to develop an
individual plan. The case manager will also assist with documents required for employment which is
often a barrier to job readiness. Women are also encouraged to discuss any issues or concerns around
domestic violence either with the case manager or in the workshops.
Apply today – call us at 617 -522-0700