GirlForward CHI Mentoring Information Session

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1253 West Devon Avenue

Chicago, IL 60660

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Join us to learn more about the GirlForward Mentoring Program! This info session will tell you everything you need to know about the program prior to submitting your volunteer application. The session will include in-depth information on the application process, mentoring basics, and a GirlForward overview. The session will last 1 hour with time at the end for questions. Attending an info session is a required component of the application process.

This info session is for individuals in Chicago, IL.

Roles, responsibilities, and qualifications for mentors are listed below for your information.

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 be 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

  • Must have a strong committment to social justice and community engagement.

  • Fluency in English, knowledge of additional languages including Arabic, Swahili, Burmese and others highly preferred

  • 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 you are invited to become a mentor with GirlForward, you will be paired with a mentee in August 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at an info session soon. Below you will see two ticket options a donation and a free ticket. We encourage you to consider choosing a the donation ticket to help support our mission and offset the cost of training. Thank you!

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