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September 19, 2011

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1 previous review
September 15, 2009

I just started as a mentor and I am already in awe. Girls Write Now manages to be completely open and welcoming of new ideas and yet still be the most organized volunteer group I have ever encountere... more

September 19, 2011

This is my third year with GWN, and the thing that has always impressed me about them is how they are always self-examining and striving to improve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the girls gain confidence and find their voices

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't even need to. As I said, this org is always examining itself and changing for the better.

September 15, 2009

I just started as a mentor and I am already in awe. Girls Write Now manages to be completely open and welcoming of new ideas and yet still be the most organized volunteer group I have ever encountered. The Girls Write Now staff and my fellow mentors are filled with positive energy, and I am overjoyed to be spending the coming year working with them.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide sorely needed individualized attention to young girls at a crucial time in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 24, 2011

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1 previous review
September 1, 2009

I have had the privilege of being a mentor at Girls Write Now for two years; thus, I've gotten to know two girls very well--helping each with her school and personal writing. I've also learned about ... more

May 24, 2011

I have worked with many organizations that serve young people and focus, particularly, on helping them with their writing. " Girls Write Now" is definitely one of the very best. They're a well-organized, extremely creative, and widely diverse group of women interested in bringing the most up-to-date, practical, and yet wonderfully cutting-edge writing experiences to high school girls. One hundred percent of the girls
involved in the program go on to college. They don't all become writers, but they do have a much better idea of what it means to write well, and they have confidence in their ability to do so.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched hundreds of girls benefit substantially from their work with GWN, and I have personally benefited by writing more myself and meeting a creative group of mentors and girls.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger!

September 1, 2009

I have had the privilege of being a mentor at Girls Write Now for two years; thus, I've gotten to know two girls very well--helping each with her school and personal writing. I've also learned about the lives of hundreds of other girls--through readings and workshops--and met scores of writers, who have shared valuable writing tips. This year, particularly, has been rewarding for me. The high school girl I mentor grew up in Tibet, and I truly think I may have learned more from her than she has from me! Together we've opened worlds to each other.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

spending more time on my own writing and learning weekly what works and what is weak in writing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know other women and girls of all ages. I've been fascinated by the differences (and similarities) in women's experiences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged, creative, funny, funky, and great fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Family friend came over to the united states. She had poor English skills but was really excited about writing. Also very sky. This organization allowed to come out of her shell and become a confident writer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a young woman grow while participating in this great program.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impressive growth of one of the girls that I know well.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible individuals and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an even greater influence on the community.

Ways to make it better...

there were more girls that cold participate.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Girls Write Now is consistently impressive at delivering quality mentorship to girls in the New York City public schools. At the same time, Girls Write Now provides a way and a space for women to volunteer their time and expertise and feel part of a meaningful community. As a board member and volunteer, I have connected to the organization for more than 5 years and GWN continues to impress me more and more.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

impact the lives of millions of girls and women all across the United States.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have attended several of the early presentations of Girls Write Now as well as, most recently, the Tenth presentation. I have been consistently impressed by the quality of the work, by the candor with which the young women address sensitive issues and above all by the passion they display. What I see is not only that they have learned a craft (be it poetry or story telling), but they have developed a voice. They speak for themselves, and they speak for their community as well -- bringing both the pain and the pride they have seen to the audience in ways that make it impossible to miss the point. Many of us have heard the slogan "educate a woman and you educate a family" -- I would add a new one to this "give a woman a voice, and you give her community a voice". Girls Write Now has given many, many young women a chance to be heard -- and this will improve their lives as well as the lives of those who hear them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

listening to the voices of the young women who are mentees

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly dynamic, committed and seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. It was a pleasure to talk with them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set up branches throughout this country and, perhaps, in others as well. Communities need leadership and they need voices to speak for them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Saturday morning finally arrived. It was first day of the Girls Write Now mentoring training program. I was so happy to be part of the program. I arrived on 8th Avenue and found the building. I took a deep breath, and pushed the doors open. I was so nervous that I wanted to run back home. I entered the lobby and meekly approached the concierge. I asked for the Girls Write Now Program. He must have had keen insight because he gave me a big smile and said, "It is on the 20th floor." I entered the elevator along with several other girls. The journey up felt like an eternity. I began to fret over the usual worries such as, "Will I make a friend? Will the mentors be kind? I began to regret that I did not persuade a friend to participate in the program with me. Ding. The elevator arrived, and it broke my stream of self-doubting questions. I said to myself, "All right, let's get this show on the road." I stepped off the elevator and I was greeted by a two other mentees. They gave me a warm welcome, a big smile, a name tag and a gift. I was given my own personal journal. I ran my fingers over the cover and smiled. Somehow I knew I was in the right place. I was asked to complete an application consisting of mixed questions about my background, interests, likes and dislikes. Then all of the mentors and mentees were instructed to break up into groups. I socialized with professional women who have exciting and creative careers. I could not believe that I had the opportunity to meet a woman who works in advertisement at MTV. I also met an author of a cookbook, and spoke with other journalists. I felt as if I entered a world that was never available to me before. I felt lucky. Later, I had the chance to participate in a discussion with women from diverse backgrounds. We discussed values pertaining to the writing field such as respect, creativity, and family. These are values that I cherish, and it was nice to share them with other women who cared. The day ended with a discussion about future events and learning the Girls Write Now Pledge. I was so excited to hear that I will have the chance to attend so many exciting writing workshops and visit places such as Barnard College. I looked at my watch and I could not believe that four hours had passed. I left the building with more confidence then I had when I entered. I also had a huge smile and a good feeling in my heart.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I originally learned about this organization from a friend who is an active volunteer and have since become a supporter and fan. I’ve also read the anthology of the girls and mentors work which shows off what talented writers are in the program. Not only does Girls Write Now addresses an important need in New York City, but I can see the organization also creates a close and strong community of women, writers and leaders.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Not worry about funding and focus on serving more NYC girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have attended a few workshops and readings presented by girls from Girls Write Now and was amazed by the level of thought and care that went into the programming. I enjoy reading the monthly updates and newsletter which is sent out online. I have met and spoken with some of the Mentors who have given so much time and energy, who have committed to supporting and teaching the girls, and was inspired by their stories and writing. I was also very happy to watch the segment on national television about Girls Write Now. Watching the organization grow and affect so many people has given me a lot of hope for the future generations and the role that women play in the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Listening to the stories and beautiful words shared by strong young and old women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, Strong, Confident, Smart

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow and support more people

Ways to make it better...

There was a Girls Write Now in every large city and I could participate and volunteer more regularly!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Being a Non-profit and having so many volunteers. Offering something that is so valuable for free in a money based, fast paced world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am thankful for Girls Write Now

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I'm a mentee in the GWN program, it's been the best experience I've had. It's amazing how so much peole have the same interest as I do. It's amazing how a writing program can promote so much enthusiasm towards writing. Well this program has. I've had an amazing time with my mentor who I love very much. I mean why in the world would I give up my time and some Saturdays for 3 of my life that I would never get back to a program I don't like. I wouldn't. So thank you for all GWN has given me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm a mentee who enjoys it.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get a bigger space for our workshops.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amazing people who support me and care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing and talented indivuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Wow it could extend the helping hand that try already have to a larger group of girls. The opportunity are endless.

Ways to make it better...

Everything that was needed we could have.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This program changes life in so many ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have been involved with Girls Write Now since 2006, and from the start was inspired by the effectiveness and the passion of this organization and its volunteers. I have worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector for the past twelve years, and never have I been so impressed with an organization as I have been with Girls Write Now. In the "safe zone" of the writing workshop and one-on-one mentoring relationships, high school girls develop their voices, their confidence, their creativity. They are bold and fearless, and ready to take on the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the boundless dedication and good spirit of the entire GWN community. Providing a space where young women can explore their creativity, share their lives, and be absolutely fearless!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so very generous, and driven by the mission of the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world, one girl at a time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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