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FORA: Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Race & Ethnicity


6431 N. California AvenueChicago, IL 60659 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our vision is a world where migrants in need are welcomed and empowered. Our mission is to ensure that refugee families are provided access to an education sufficient to prepare them to become economically self-sufficient and robustly engaged in American civic life. Our strategy is to be located in the neighborhoods that we serve to make daily educational services easily available to newly-arrived refugees.


Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America (FORA) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers refugees by providing them with the educational resources needed to make a successful transition to the United States.

Due to the pandemic, we have shifted to providing online tutoring to 50 recently-arrived K-12 refugee students with a 1-to-1 student-tutor ratio. We provided intensive after-school tutoring for 30 recently-arrived K-12 refugee students with a 2-to-1 student-tutor ratio for two hours a day before the pandemic. We have been able to take on more kids and expand our services with the help of volunteers. Our curriculum is designed and implemented by a Ph.D. in child development.

All services are free. We currently have a long waiting list of students needing our services. Our ability to take on more students depends on volunteers!


Would you recommend FORA: Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America?
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by Rebecca S. (December 8, 2021)
FORA has been a fantastic experience! I started as a volunteer tutor during the summer and decided to extend my tutoring through the fall because I enjoyed working with these students so much. Every student is hard-working, and it is a pleasure being able to help these children succeed academically. I highly recommend volunteering at FORA; it is an exciting, rewarding, and unique opportunity.

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