Our experience in the after-school tutoring program has shown us the urgent needs of the immigrant and refugee youth in St. Louis city. Many refugee youth have survived traumatic war experiences and refugee camp difficulties. Upon arriving, they are faced with a huge language barrior, as well as a challenging social dynamic. Many arrive with zero language skills, and also deal with being ostracized or drawn to delinquent behavior.
Rise Together Charter School will equip immigrant and refugee students with the educational and cultural tools they need for academic, career, and life success.
RTCS’ existence will create justice and a future for these children who are currently falling through educational cracks. Rather than hoping someone will find a solution to this ever-growing problem, we are creating the solution now.