From GirlForward, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:
MISSION: GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident, and independent.
WHY GIRLS? In conflict, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to violence, isolation, and being kept out of school. When they are resettled, they need extra support.
EDUCATING GIRLS: Most GirlForward girls have had less than two years of schooling before arriving in the U.S.
WHY REFUGEES? There are 60 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes. We are in the midst of the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen.
OUR MODEL: Our girl-centered programs provide girls with friends, mentors, and safe spaces.
DONATE: Visit http://www.girlforward.org/donate/ and choose Ausin in the dropdown box to donate online.
VOLUNTEER: GirlForward is seeking community partners to host field trips and educational opportunities here in Austin. We are also looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for our Mentoring Program, which matches women mentors with adolescent refugee girls.For other volunteer opportunities, email Info@GirlForward.org to learn more about the ways you can get involved.