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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.