Founder: Blair Brettschneider

Country: United States

Area of Work: Mentorship

Impact: Mentor Events

Years in Partnership: 1

GirlForward, USA


"The work you're doing at ConnectHER is invaluable and we're honored to be beneficiaries of your amazing programs! Our missions are absolutely aligned and there are endless possibilities for ways in which our orgs can work together."

- Wajiha Rizvi, GirlForward Board Chair

GirlForward serves girls ages 14-21 in grades 9-12 in Austin and Chicago who identify as refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. Their mentoring program pairs currently pairs 73 girls with mentors to engage in "4W" activities (Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet and World) in order to explore their passions and graduate from high school. Their educational program also provides educational support provides a space for girls to simultaneously build their English skills and succeed academically while exploring their identities and learning about the world around them.

Check out the GirlForward Zine for stories and creativity from refugee girls.