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RISE (Resource Initiative to Support Education) is a collaborative effort at PSALT to connect students of North Korean origin resettled in the U.S. with a team of professional/experienced volunteer tutors, mentors, and educational resources. We seek to equip, empower, and encourage North Korean students to grow and achieve goals in education, vocation, and personal development.


1:1 Tutoring

Match students with instructors for ELL, TOEFL, Academic subjects

1:1 Mentoring

Match students with mentors for career/vocational guidance

ELL Resources

Provide resources to assist with self-learning for those unable to commit

to a tutoring schedule

Application and Essay Support

Assistance with applications, essays, and other questions related to school or scholarship application

Webinar Series

Interactive educational seminars on various topics including: college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, career development

RISE Scholars

Crowd-funded scholarship program powered by PSALT to build support for selected scholars’ educational goals, and develop advocacy skills


Volunteer with RISE

Experienced tutors, and mentors from various career fields are invited to share their skills with North Korean refugees. Applicants may be matched with a specific refugee or be asked to participate in a webinar for the refugees.

RISE scholars

Learn more about our RISE Scholars program, then meet our RISE Scholars and support their journey!


support rise

Support our efforts to provide educational resources to North Korean refugees of all ages!

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Our outreach to North Korean refugees in the U.S. began with outreach efforts in 2007, resettlement work in 2009, and took further shape with the creation of annual programs including the Box of Hope Christmas care package program in 2011, and the Backpack Project for the back to school season launched in 2014. As our PSALT network grew and more students and families requested education-related support, RISE (Resource Initiative to Support Education) was launched in 2021-2022 to respond with services dedicated to these needs. The introduction of RISE Scholars in 2023-2024 extends the vision of RISE with a scholarship for North Korean refugees.




We desire to reflect the loving and healing heart of God to the refugee community and our partners. Volunteers at PSALT are a welcome extension of our team, and are expected to demonstrate Christlike character
and professionalism in the context of a
tutor/mentor-student relationship.

Galatians 5:22-23;  Colossians 3:1-17 & 23-24; Ephesians 4:2-6


We are grateful to partner with talented volunteers, seasoned professionals, and incredible organizations with a shared vision to see the North Korean refugees thrive in their new community. We strive to provide a deep sense of community support and connectedness for the refugees, and a meaningful experience for all involved.

Romans 12:4-8; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:44-47



We are blessed to serve alongside experienced professionals who volunteer their unique gifts and precious time with genuine care and commitment. 
Our approach to serving the refugee community considers the student’s academic, mental, and emotional health when assessing their well-being in our program.
We are committed to creating a safe environment that encourages sharing in the context of the lesson, personal development, and a positive and fruitful journey for students and volunteers.

Galatians 6:9; John 15:1-15; James 1:2-4 

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