Agency Description:

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) is a multicultural 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization serving immigrant/refugee women and girls from all countries, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. WISE started in 1995 to provide opportunities for women and girls in the immigrant communities to achieve their full potential and to increase their skills towards economic success. WISE utilizes volunteers in many of its programs & benefits greatly from the involvement of college students. For more information, please see the WISE website: https://www.womenofwise.org/

WISE’s Programs

Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) is a college preparation, career exploration, and leadership development program for immigrant/refugee girls in grades 7-12. The program is structured around:

  • Educational Workshops: Provide information on planning, financing, preparing for college and career exploration.
  • Group Activities/Discussions: Provide resources on organization, time management, self-esteem, public speaking, and other issues that the girls need and want to discuss.

  • Support Services: Provide individual assistance in areas of academics, scholarship searches, job/internship research, and personal issues.

 GGAL Alumnae Program, once participants graduate from high school and go to college they become a part of the GGAL Alumnae Program. The purpose of this program is to provide academic support and career coaching to participants as they complete their educational degrees. The program is structured around:

  • Weekly homework help sessions
  • Monthly workshops on professional development topics such as resume writing, interviewing, and financial management

  • Support services: providing assistance in areas such as scholarship application, internship applications, and personal issues.

Position Description:

As a volunteer mentor you will have the opportunity to connect with participants in the GGAL or GGAL Alumnae program and learn about the issues impacting refugee/immigrant communities. Skills you will gain from this experience include: counseling, communicating across culture and differences, tutoring, academic advising, public speaking, and program implementation.


  • Time Commitment: One academic semester, participating in one weekly GGAL/GGAL Alumnae program session.
  • Facilitate small group activities such as ice breakers, reflections, or discussions

  • Work one-on-one with girls during session

  • Attend Mentor Training Session to maximize your impact as a mentor

  • Assist with program session set up and clean up

  • Have fun! Get to know program participants and provide positive encouragement.

Hours and Locations:

GGAL is held at two different sites each week

  • 1 after school sites: LEAP High School (631 N Albert St, St Paul, MN 55104) (Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2:00pm-4:00pm)
  • 1 school day site: Washington Tech Magnet High School (1495 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117) (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 1:45pm-3:00pm)

GGAL alumnae program is held at WISE’s office (570 N Asbury St # 202, St Paul, MN 55104) (HW help sessions are weekly, Saturdays 12-3pm)

How to Apply: