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

Qualifications

  • 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!

Process

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

Applications for the Austin Mentoring Program are now closed. Please check back in early 2019 to learn about the process for the 2019-2020 school year.

Questions about the Austin program? E-mail Arielle Levin at arielle.levin@girlforward.org. 

Mentor in Chicago

Applications for the Chicago Mentoring Program are now closed. Please check back in early 2019 to learn about the process for the 2019-2020 school year.

Questions about the Chicago program? E-mail Keemia Soheil at keemia.soheil@girlforward.org.