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Advancing Refugee Students Educational Opportunities (ARSEO)

ARSEO strives to prepare Rochester-area refugee high school students to make informed decisions regarding their post-secondary education that matches their personal goals, interests, aptitudes, and current career aspirations.

ARSEO seeks to empower participants with exposure to a broad range of career options and expected educational pathways. We facilitate each participant’s self-exploration of their own personal values, desires, and dreams, tracing these to possible future careers. ARSEO details the full range of post-secondary educational opportunities–including trade schools, colleges, and research universities. Participants also receive a thorough overview of the requirements, expectations, and deadlines in the process of applying for different institutions across post-secondary education.

Alongside essay building, standardized testing preparations, and resume building, students have the opportunity to visit local colleges. Mentorship and exploration is enhanced by a number of guest speakers in the fields of government, healthcare, business, and education, as well as site visits to relevant work locations in these fields. Students ultimately leave the program having made important connections with peer mentors, community leaders and college staff, as well as with a better understanding of their next steps and where they might lead.

Here is a “Welcome to College” guide for prospective college students – including those who would be the first in their families to attend a college or university.

Class of 2019 & 2020 ARSEO participants

Congratulations Class of 2019 and 2020, We are very proud of you. We are very delighted to have been a part of your college application process.

We believe that you will do an amazing job in college and with whatever you choose to do. I wish you the best in the future and all of us at ARESO will always miss you! – Ngo Hna


If you are interested in participating in our program, if you are able to volunteer or donate goods, or if you just want to say “hello!” please do not hesitate to send us an email with the form at right.

Our program is entirely staffed through mostly college aged peer mentors, and is a great opportunity to work with high school students in an informal classroom setting. Visitors are always welcome at 393 Lexington Ave, Rochester, NY 14613.

Call us at 585-319-8198 or use the contact form below.

Email Ngo Hna - ARSEO Program Director

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