Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America Inc NFP

Empowerment through Education

aka FORA   |   Chicago, IL   |  https://www.refugeefora.org/

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.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Farah Cheema

Main address

6431 N. California Ave

Chicago, IL 60660 USA

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EIN

83-2337377

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Educational Empowerment for SLIFE Refugee Children in Chicago

Founded in 2018, FORA helps illiterate refugee children gain foundational education skills so that school becomes meaningful. Focusing on the critical skills of reading and math understanding, we provide two hours a day of customized, intensive core instruction (with a 2-to-1 or less student-tutor ratio) for more than 60 Rohingya, Afghan and Bhutanese refugee students (with 31,200 student-hours of tutoring a year) through High Dosage Tutoring (HDT) (see Nickow, Oreopoulos, & Quan, 2020; Mahnken, 2020). We are unaware of anyone else implementing this strategy with pre-literate refugees, a category of marginalized students for whom high-dosage tutoring is, because of FORA, proving extremely effective. Approached with a social-emotional-learning (SEL) lens, the skills and confidence students gain at FORA allow them to participate meaningfully in school, as well as in the community through our non-tutoring programs of robotics, Model UN, debate and trauma-aware storytelling.

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Refugees and displaced people
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

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Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America Inc NFP

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2022
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Board chair

Dr. Farah Cheema

Kathleen O'Connor

Melike Oncu

Farah Noor Cheema

Wendy Kaplan Miller

Michael O'Connor

Seth Rigoletti

Natasha Yaqub

Shaik Kaleem

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