Become a mentor

GirlForward is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for our Mentoring Program, which matches women mentors with adolescent refugee girls. As a mentor, you will be paired with a mentee in grades 9-12 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 individual and group 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
  • Attend group mentoring trainings
  • Communicate with mentee’s family in regards to mentoring schedule
  • Maintain communication with GirlForward staff
  • Complete monthly mentor evaluations
  • Be an active member of the GirlForward community


  • Must be female
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must have access to reliable transportation (public transit/car)
  • Must be respectful of and interested in different cultures, religions, languages and lifestyles
  • Passionate about working with youth, especially adolescent girls
  • Must have at least a 2-year degree
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of additional languages not required
  • Comfortable talking about issues related to self-esteem, women’s health, relationships, high school involvement, careers, finding a part-time job, basic finances, community resources, and community service
  • Must believe in the power of adolescent girls to create positive change in their communities and the world!


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 2017.

Mentor in Austin

Sign up for an Austin orientation session!

Fill out the Austin application.

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

Mentor in Chicago

Sign up for a Chicago orientation session!

Fill out the Chicago application.

Questions about the Chicago program? E-mail Ashley Marine at