Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE)


Refugee Immigrant Services Empowerment (RISE) Outreach Manager:
Julie Robinson

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.

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RISE Programs

English Programs

ELL Classes

Join us for basic English classes for beginner and intermediate English speakers. These classes will discuss life skills necessary for living in Kansas City such as health, employment, and emergency services. These are drop – in classes, so you do not have to RSVP.

North-East Library
6000 Wilson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123
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Monday: 10–11:30 a.m.
Thursday: 10–11:30 a.m.
Thursday: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Northeast Middle School
4904 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124
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Wednesday: 3:30–5 p.m.
Westside CAN Center
2136 Jefferson St, Kansas City, MO 64108
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Thursday: 12–1 p.m.

English in Action

Need help practicing English? This program connects a native English speaker with a high – level English language learner. They will meet 2 hours per week at any of our ten library branches. Sign up to be matched with a mentor here.

Citizenship Programs

Citizenship Interview Practice

Nervous about your Naturalization Interview? Get FREE help Mondays–Fridays at various branches throughout the metro. Day or evening sessions available!

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These mock interviews are drop-in, no appointment necessary. Volunteers are standing by to help you practice speaking, reading and writing English... along with correctly answering the 100 USCIS Civics Questions.

English for Citizenship

This 12-week course meets every Wednesday night from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Central Library (14 W. 10th St). 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. RSVP for the next round of English for Citizenship here. Contact or call (816) 701-3766 if you have any questions.

100 Civics Questions and Answers

The naturalization test includes up to 10 questions about U.S. civics. These 10 questions are chosen from a list of 100. All 100 civics questions can be accessed on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, along with their answers.

100 Civics Questions and Answers with MP3 Audio (English version) »

Money Smart Kansas City: Immigrant and Refugee Services

Money Smart Kansas City offers information and links to several area resources for immigrants and refugees. Moving to new place can be difficult. There are so many transitions to make: new and different ways of doing things, cultural norms to understand, a new language to learn, a job to find... If you are a refugee or immigrant, we hope the information from Money Smart Kansas City will be of help to you

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Local Resources

The Kansas City Public Library maintains a list of local social service resources searchable by our neighborhood Branches. Locate everything from child care, to transportation, to employment and emergency services, closest to your Branch.

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