Emily’s GirlForward Story

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About two years ago, in the winter of 2013, I was running along Lakefront Trail with my now brother-in-law. I didn’t live in Chicago then, and I can’t remember what...
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GirlForward stands #WithMalala

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GirlForward Communications Interns Mary and Melody recently attended an early screening of the documentary, “He Named Me Malala,” which focuses on the story of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood...
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A School Year Not Like The Others

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My story takes place in my school, Kilmer, in Chicago. It is about my school year that I started in April 2015. I was in eighth grade and I was...
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This summer, we were homesick. This summer, we were home.

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In the last few days, multiple people have asked me, “How did camp go?” And my first reaction is: How funny to have a job teaching the English language and...
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Riding In Buses With Strangers

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Often, when the lively girls of Camp GirlForward are on their way to a field trip—be it the iconic Lincoln Park Zoo or the historical Jane Addams Hull-House Museum—a stranger on...
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The Magical Compassion Formula

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The story is age-old and reads like a parable, or perhaps like a template for your typical college admissions essay: a person sets off for a new cultural experience expecting...
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Sometimes we cry. Most of the time, we dance.

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And most of the other times we laugh and take selfies. Camp GirlForward involves a variety of activities – English, poetry, culture, Zumba, healthy eating, critical reading, identity, etc. –...
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GirlForward goes to Washington!

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This spring, GirlForward had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. with Reader’s Digest magazine. Seventeen GirlForward girls, two staff members, one amazing mentor, and two interns (including yours truly!) made the...
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Sydney Dunn, Safe Spaces Intern (Chicago)

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Sydney is a freshman at Loyola University Chicago in the Quinlan School of Business studying marketing. She is a member of Free the Slaves, an anti-human trafficking organization, and Invisible...
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