Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE)


The mission of Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) is to connect immigrant populations with the quality services, resources and lifelong learning opportunities of the Library through outreach, education, and advocacy.

Contact RISE by phone at 816.701.3766 or send us an email

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We Speak KC

We Speak KC is a conversational English class for beginning to intermediate English language learners. Classes begin September 10th.

Class times and locations coming soon.

English in Action

English in Action helps intermediate to advanced English language learners practice their English. They will meet one-to-one with a mentor 2 hours per week at any of our ten library branches.

English for Citizenship

This 12-week course meets every Wednesday night from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Central Library. It is designed to help develop the language skills necessary to pass the USCIS naturalization test. Students will be taught the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation found on the N-400 form and the 100 civics questions. The next round of English for Citizenship begins on January 30, 2019.

Citizenship Interview Practice

Nervous about your Naturalization Interview? You can practice your interview for FREE at any of our ten library locations. Volunteers are standing by to help you practice speaking, reading and writing English along with correctly answering the 100 USCIS Civics Questions.

Money Smart Kansas City

Money Smart Kansas City offers information and links to several area resources for immigrants and refugees.

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Phone: 816.701.3766

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