Friends. Mentors. Safe spaces.
GirlForward supports girls through three core programs.
Our Mentoring Program pairs girls with mentors to engage in "4W" activities (Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet and World) in order to explore their passions and graduate from high school. Girls are paired with women mentors within in the local community for at least one school year, and they meet together at least two hours weekly to talk about anything from school, to relationships, to careers. Mentors and mentees are friends, role models, teachers, and confidants for each other.
Camp GirlForward provides a space for girls to simultaneously build their English skills while exploring their identities and learning about the world around them. Over six weeks during the summer, our literacy-based curriculum explores the themes of identity, community, and power through classroom instruction and field trips.
The Safe Spaces Program provides safe spaces for girls to explore their identities, connect with other girls, and access the resources they need. Curriculum ranges from tutoring to a variety of monthly workshops.
Read more about our work in our 2018 Impact Report!
Where We Work
GirlForward operates in Chicago, IL and Austin, TX.
Breaking Down Barriers
In addition to providing direct programming, GirlForward is dedicated to breaking down systemic barriers to opportunity for English language learners (ELL) and students with interrupted formal education (SIFE) through improving educational access and resources, educating our communities and building important partnerships.