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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English for Vocational Trades - Carpentry

Come and learn the English and math skills necessary to apply for the KC/STL Carpenters Regional Council Apprenticeship program. This class is for nonnative English speakers who are committed to pursuing a career in carpentry or construction. The class is held at the Central Library, January 14th-March 31st, on Tuesdays from 6-8PM.

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. English for Citizenship classes will take place January 29 - April 15, 2020.

Conversation Club

The club is at 8AM on Tuesdays beginning January 9th to May 14th at the Woodland Early Learning Community School on 711 Woodland Ave, KCMO 64106

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.

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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