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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident, and independent.

Target demographics: adolescent refugee girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 refugee girls

Geographic areas served: Chicago, IL and Austin, TX

Programs: the Mentoring Program, Camp GirlForward and the Safe Spaces Project.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for GirlForward on a few different occasions, and each time I have been blown away by what a great organization it is, the heart and professionalism of the people involved and the amazing affect of the work they are doing. GirlForward is clearly providing an outstanding community of support for its girls, harboring incredible success and forging lasting friendships. I am so glad it has been able to grow and I can't wait to see what a difference it will make in the world.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Girlforward puts refugee girls on the path to achieving the American Dream not just for themselves but for their families and communities. In the year that I have been on the board, I've seen firsthand how a little support, access to information, and friendship can change the lives of girls. Girls with mentors are more likely to graduate high school, pursue college, and achieve financial independence. When girls succeed, it has a ripple effect on their families and communities. I’ve come to think of Girlforward as the stone that starts the ripple.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered in the Chicago refugee community for three years. Knowing the services available and remaining needs, I am grateful GirlForward is doing incredible work to fill the needs our refugee services can't all fill. They saw an important global and local need for an underserved population, and are working from the community level up to create sustainable change. GirlForward and similar organizations will be responsible for changing global inequalities for girls. I'm so proud to be a part of the movement, and to know a powerful, well run non-profit that changes girls' lives everyday.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of watching GirlForward grow from a strong willful, desire in the eye of its founder to do better for teenage refugee girls in Chicago into a organization with multiple locations and amazing staff and stories of dozens of lives touched and irrevocably improved. It's an amazing achievement and one that, even with the organization's successes, can and will grow in the coming years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently interning with this organization and am very impressed with how well it is run. The staff members communicate very well and are very dedicated to their mission of serving young girls in the refugee community. It's clear that they put a lot of time and love into their work. GirlForward is a valuable asset to the Rogers Park community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for a long time. It is a wonderful, well run and energetic place to give my time. I am thrilled with the staff and the progress that I see with the girls that are served.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This fall I am an intern at GirlForward and am so grateful to be part of a great team dedicated to providing services and resources to refugee girls in Chicago. This non-profit focuses on the importance of refugee girls investing in their futures by focusing on the girls English skills by providing after school tutoring, a mentorship program, and Camp GirlForward. These opportunities provide the girls with a support network to encourage them to further their education as many strive to go to college.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern at GirlForward. I think that the work they are doing is truly amazing and impacts our community positively. Girls come here and know that they are in a safe space where they can get help with homework, ACT prep, and many other things. Truly a great nonprofit!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about GirlForward through a friend in 2013. I attended one of their events and quickly saw what an important and influential organization GirlForward is for the Chicago community. Since then, I have continued to support GirlForward and even had the opportunity to visit their office. Their programming and even their space itself provide vital resources for refugee girls. Last year, I volunteered to run the Women's Magnificent Mile 5K on behalf of GirlFoward and had the opportunity to run with several girls--most of whom had never run a race before. This race was just one example of how GirlForward provides unique opportunities for girls to become empowered. GirlForward is in the process of expanding to Austin, Texas, and I couldn't be happier to see this great organization grow.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interned with GirlForward this past summer and I honestly couldn't have found a better way to spend my time. It's such a great organization that truly puts girls first. Not only does GF offer a myriad of educational programs, it offers social support as well. The staff takes the time to get to know the girls personally, and I've experienced firsthand the friendly, safe, and open environment GF provides. A lot of great work is done in the small office GF calls home, and I'm so glad the organization exists to meet the needs of these amazing girls.