The Issue: Support for Teen Girls from Refugee Families
More than 18,000 adolescent refugee girls resettled in the United States between 2008 and 2010, according to GirlForward. Once resettled, these girls face overwhelming responsibilities, as they often help translate for their parents and care for their siblings in addition to performing other household and school duties. All of the girls who participate in GirlForward’s programs—who represent diverse backgrounds and cultures from around the world, including Iraq, Burma, and Bhutan—have been directly impacted by war and poverty.
The Campaign: Sending Teen Girls to All-Day Sports Camp
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then GirlForward can host an all-day sports camp for 20 teenage refugee girls in Chicago. Each additional $25 raised will provide a workshop to another teen girl.
Led by female athletes from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, the sports camp will introduce the girls to new sports and skills, as well as provide opportunities to practice teamwork and make new friends.
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With the vision that empowered, confident girls will become independent women who can support themselves, their families, and their communities, GirlForward mentors and supports adolescent refugee girls in Chicago. Individual mentorship and educational programs—such as Camp GirlForward, a summer program that includes English, math, and computer-skills instruction—help foster confidence among participating girls and provide them with a supportive community.