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Summer Programs at RISE on the Rise

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By Isis Young SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – 
The Refugee and Immigrant Self Empowerment (RISE) center in Syracuse is busy this summer with programs, field trips and a lot of new faces.

The number of children in summer programs has more than double since last year. With the help of the education coordinators, “Aaron [Epling] and Erica [Kokoszka] went into the community with a number of interns and volunteers and played with the kids Tuesdays and Thursdays. They visited the children’s home to create relationships,” said Associate Director, Todd Goehle.

Along with new faces are new summer programs. This year, the programs are divided into two age groups – kindergarten through third grade and fourth through either grade, versus one group. The separate groups allow for more personal attention given to each child.

The six-week summer programs will cover a wide range of themes such as art, nature & science, and wellness.

“My ideology behind this program has always been to spark curiosity. Explore a bunch of things and find out what the kids enjoy,” said Epling.

This week’s theme is art expression. The Everson Museum of Art outreach team will be in all week teaching kids to make plates out of clay.

“It is a summer program and I want to keep it as fun as it can be with having a literacy and education goal in mind,” said Epling.

Different field trips planned for the summer include Green Lakes Park, Family Day at the Everson Museum of Art on July 28th and Sky Zone to enjoy trampolines.

If you are looking to volunteer at RISE, the next event is a youth leadership summit titled, “The Future is Ours” on August 10th -11th.  Click here to find more information to volunteer.