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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After spending my summer working with a broad array of the refugee population, I can't imagine a better program to fill a more urgent need. There is such a compelling need to address the issues of not only refugees as a whole, but so much so for the most vulnerable among them. Adolescent girls are largely underserviced in the refugee community because of their unique needs. GirlForward provides a space to address such unique needs, including the emotional toll of leaving a homeland in distress, the everyday concerns of an adolescent girl, cultural orientation and culture shock, changing roles within families and friends, academic performance for interrupted educations, etc. The impact they have in the lives of their clients and the refugee community is immeasurable.