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
RISE thanks all potential volunteers for their interest in working with us. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are able to offer limited virtual classes (listed below).
With limited capacity, we require less volunteer assistance at this time. We encourage you to please continue to apply - if we have no immediate need, we will keep your application on file. When we are able to safely accept more volunteers, we will reach out to you. Thank you for your understanding.
This class is currently on hold
English 101 is for beginning adult English language learners. There is a focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking with one-to-one attention from the teacher and tutors, who are all fluent English speakers. Join us online! Thursdays from 10AM-12PM, April 22 - May 27, 2021, via Zoom.
Now offered online! English for Citizenship will be held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings. The last class will be August 18th, 2021 from 6 - 7 PM.
This course 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.
Now offered online! Conversation Club will be held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7 PM. The last day of Conversation Club will be August 10th. Come and practice speaking English! We focus on increasing fluency, vocabulary, grammar, and confidence.
A few partners are now meeting online!
English in Action is for intermediate to advanced English language learners. Learners are paired with a mentor with whom they can practice conversational fluency for 1-2 hours each week online.
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.
English for Vocational Trades - Carpentry
Due to limited programming, English for Vocational Trades - Carpentry is not offered at this time.
This is a class for nonnative English speakers who would like to learn the English and math skills necessary to pass the KC/STL Carpenters Regional Council Apprenticeship program entry exam.