FORA is the premier U.S. high
dosage tutoring organization
for SLIFE refugees.
We are currently welcoming refugee children from Burma, Afghanistan, and Syria into our program as they arrive.
Currently, we have over 80 refugees on our waiting list. Because of this, we recently bought a library to help more students achieve the American Dream!
We at FORA believe strongly that literacy is a human right.
Click here to read our 2022 annual impact report.
FORA is currently accepting applications for Summer 2023 tutors!
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Our vision is a world where refugees 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.
We provide individually customized high dosage tutoring (HDT) to SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) refugee children, as well as non-tutoring programs of Robotics, Model UN, Storytelling, and Debate.
Students receiving two hours of daily one-on-one tutoring
Hours of tutoring provided annually to refugee students
Volunteers onboarded since March 2020
We value patience, kindness, wellness, intercultural connection, a passion for learning and a determined resilience... and modeling these values for others.
Our Chief Operating Officer, Arkhawan Salih, was recently featured on Loyola University Chicago's Community Service & Action Stories! You can read it here!
Meet our Interns and Tutors!
Thank You to Our Supporters!
Albert Pick Jr Fund
Council of Islamic Organizations of
Society for Science
Metabolic Studio, Annenberg Foundation
GRoW @ Annenberg
Frankel Family Foundation
Helen Brach Foundation
ALDI Smart Kids
Community Foundation of the Low Country
Yaqub Family Foundation
Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation
Pentwater Capital Management
Chicago Community Trust
W.P. and H.B. White Foundation
New Frontiers Foundation
Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund