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FORA is the premier U.S. high

impact tutoring organization

for SLIFE refugees.


We are currently welcoming refugee children from ten countries into our program as they arrive.

With over 90 more refugees on our waiting list, we are expanding into the old Chicago Northtown Public Library. 

We at FORA believe strongly that literacy is a human right and are looking forward to helping more children achieve it!

Click here to read our 2023 annual impact report.

Our Mission

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 vision is a world where refugees in need are welcomed and empowered.

Our Vision

Our Work

We provide individually customized high impact tutoring (HIT) 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

Educational Programs Director Kathleen O'Connor reading with a student in the FORA headquarters.

Join Us!

Provide a refugee child the opportunity to intellectually flourish.


Invest today by volunteering or donating.

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Albert Pick Jr Fund

ALDI Smart Kids

Arch Capital Group

BFKN Foundation

Chicago Community Trust

Community Foundation of the Low Country

Compass Education Group

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Daniel Simon Impact Fund

Frankel Family Foundation

Golan Christie Taglia LLP

GRoW @ Annenberg

Helen Brach Foundation

Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation

James Boskey Memorial Fund

Jewish United Fund

League of Women Voters

Lohengrin Foundation

Metabolic Studio, Annenberg Foundation

New Frontiers Foundation

Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund

Pentwater Capital Management

Peter and Judy Kovler Foundation

Society for Science

Sudbury Foundation

Unity Temple

W.P. and H.B. White Foundation

Wag Foundation

Yaqub Family Foundation

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