Lack of access to quality education is one of the main contributors to the cycle of poverty. This is especially true for non-native born people who struggle to attain even the basic level of literacy they need to succeed in school and in life. WEDI’s Education program addresses this critical issue by supporting 1st-11th grade English Language Learners (ELL) through four programs: ENERGY (elementary-aged students), FLY (middle schoolers), Launch (high schoolers), and Peer Support Groups. Taken as a continuum, these programs scaffold the building blocks of literacy—reading, writing, and speaking English—with increasing social-emotional support to help students

achieve academic success, navigate higher education and career opportunities, and achieve economic stability and independence. The programs also support families acclimate to life in Buffalo while maintaining their own cultural identities.

For general questions about our Education programs, please contact Courtney Yonce at

Watch our FLY students speak about their real-life experiences in this video from Global Citizen.

Global Citizen asked some of our students what it's like to be a refugee. Here are their responses.