While Chicago is over 7,000 miles away from the Congo. Both share an alarming trend of violence, ignorance, and child soldiers. In Chicago children as young as seven are brainwashed by gangs to join for honor, protection and even for a sense of family. GURLS is working to create after school programs to keep children learning and away from gangs. Focusing on connecting students with a wide variety of interests with corresponding mentors from all over the world. Students will be able to learn directly from professionals while also gaining opportunies for internships, scholarships and traveling.