Become a mentor!

GirlForward is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for our Mentoring Program, which matches women mentors with girls resettled through the refugee resettlement program. As a mentor, you will be paired with a mentee in grades 9-12 or a recent graduate and will meet with her for at least two hours per week to talk about school, relationships, and careers, and to do fun and engaging activities together. As a mentor, you will make a one-year commitment to GirlForward and will receive trainings to prepare you for this role.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Commit to mentoring a high school girl for at least two hours per week for one year
  • Meet with mentee to discuss subjects related to GirlForward’s Four W’s: Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet, World, as part of GirlForward’s Mentoring Program curriculum
  • Must be an ally to GF girls and comfortable talking about issues such as race, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, academics, health, relationships, community engagement and others
  • Set and work toward achieving goals with mentee
  • Attend group mentoring trainings
  • Communicate with mentee’s family and community
  • Maintain communication with GirlForward staff
  • Complete monthly mentor evaluations
  • Be an active member of the GirlForward community


  • Must identify as female
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must have access to reliable transportation (public transit/car)
  • Must have at least a 2-year degree
  • Experience working with youth, tutoring, or mentoring preferred
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of additional languages including Arabic, Swahili, Burmese and others highly preferred
  • Must have a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement
  • Must believe in the practice of cultural humility and critically analyze their own identity, culture, power, and belief system in relation to the community
  • Must believe in the power of adolescent girls to create positive change in their communities and the world!
  • Women who identify as immigrants, refugees and/or women of color are strongly encouraged to apply!


The process to become a GirlForward mentor includes five steps:

1) Attend an orientation session. **You MUST attend an orientation session in order to be considered for a mentoring position.**

2) Submit an application.

3) Complete an in-person interview.

4) If invited after an interview, submit references.

5) Complete a background check.

If, following the screening process, you are invited to become a mentor with GirlForward, you will be paired with a mentee in August 2018.

Mentor in Austin

Sign up for an Austin information session!

Questions about the Austin program? E-mail Arielle Levin at 

Mentor in Chicago

Sign up for a Chicago information session!

Questions about the Chicago program? E-mail Sanjana Kantayya at