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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I interned with GirlForward two summers ago, and it was the most amazing environment that I have ever worked in. GirlForward truly has the best interests of the girls it serves at heart, and the organization's care for the individuals they work with is apparent in all the work they do. This is an organization that truly values the skills and talents of all the people who volunteer with them, and uses those talents to reach out directly to the girls it serves to make tangible positive impacts in their lives. GirlForward is a small organization, but it's flexibility and creativity ensures that it has a huge impact on the girls it serves. This is a wonderful organization that listens to and values the people it serves in order to provide the best services possible, and it deserves recognition for that. Keep up the good work, Blair, Ashley, Abi and all the volunteers! Seeing the work GirlForward does inspires me daily and keeps my hopes up.
I love GirlForward! GirlForward provides a safe, fun, enriching environment that any young woman would enjoy. In fact, the happy times I've volunteered there have enriched my life. The mentorship the organization provides to refugee teens seems to me the best way to ensure these young women's futures. Not only do they provide a safe, stylish space, academic enrichment, field trips, college and career programs, mentorship and more; they do so in a fun, nurturing, accepting environment. GirlForward provides a bridge to understanding, self-awareness and success for each young participant. It has been my pleasure to occasionally volunteer with this organization.
GirlForward truly empowers young refugee women! They provide safe spaces for the girls to go around the community, help with schoolwork, and present opportunities for them to get to know others within GirlForward and around the neighborhood. It is a very welcoming and worthwhile organization!
GIrlForward's programs are holistic, energizing, and relevant. The girls are a joy to be around and it is obvious that the programs the agency provides are impacting the girls. From one-on-one college counseling and walk-in homework help to ACT prep and ESL classes, the agency makes certain its girls are excelling academically. Beyond academics, GirlForward creates a space for girls from all over to come and be themselves. They come to GF headquarters for the friendships they make here and for the environment GF provides for them to grow into themselves. As a volunteer of only a few months, I have seen all of this firsthand. What a wonderful addition to the Edgewater community.