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DAY ONE Documentary Screening Presented By GirlForward

  • The New 400 Theater (map)

Join GirlForward for a screening and panel discussion of DAY ONE, an inspirational story of high school refugee students in St. Louis, MO.


Film screening of DAY ONE followed by panel discussion with GirlForward girls who are refugee students living in Chicago and special guest Peter Tao, Executive Producer of DAY ONE

Morning refreshments

Giving Wall and opportunities to support GirlForward's programs

GirlForward merchandise for purchase


The New 400 Theater

Chicago Food Walks

Women Helping Others (WHO)

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Event Co-hosts:

Stephanie Clemson, Julie Cutter, Jean Fies, Lucinda Fox, Sue Michalowski, Saralyn Sacks, Jennifer Wagner, Anjali Waikar, Ilana Zafran Walden, Katherine Kaufka Walts, Val Weiss, Rebecca Wheeler, Anne Wilson, Katie Woods


Tickets are $50 to attend the screening, panel discussion, and meet & greet with Peter Tao, Executive Director of DAY ONE. All proceeds benefit GirlForward. Buy your tickets now!


"56 LANGUAGES, 42 COUNTRIES, ONE COMMUNITY. A GATEWAY TO A NEW LIFE." DAY ONE follows a group of teenage refugees who are enrolled at a unique public school for refugees and immigrants-only in St. Louis, MO, where they are guided through an inspirational program of education, healing and trauma intervention by devoted educators. Over the course of a year, we watch the kids progress through layers of grief and loss as they attend school, forge new friendships, and prepare to be mainstreamed into local public high schools. Their triumphs and tribulations all unfold with St. Louis as the backdrop: a rust-belt city that has taken the bold step of welcoming immigrants as a solution for their growing socio-economic problems.

Watch the DAY ONE trailer here:

About GirlForward

GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. GirlForward serves girls ages 14-21 in grades 9-12 who identify as refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers and have resettled in Chicago, IL and Austin, TX. We support girls through three core programs: Mentoring, Education, and Safe Spaces. Learn more here:

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