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September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

I'm a third-year volunteer mentor with Girls Write Now and this organization is so wonderful that I see no end in sight. I still keep in touch with my previous mentee, even though she is away at a top-notch college. I'm so proud of her and the work we did in Girls Write Now.

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

seeing how much the girls learn about writing and about themselves.

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

working with my mentees in weekly one-on-one pair writing sessions.

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

the most incredible women!

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

Serve more girls, offer even more exceptional programming, hire a bigger staff and grow.

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been great

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

money.

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I love Girls Write Now!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 13, 2009

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September 13, 2009

I just went through training as a mentor with Girls Write Now, and I was blown away. This is clearly an extraordinary organization -- they are well-organized, passionate, persistent, and engaged in work that has the power to transform the lives of everyone lucky enough to be involved with them. The training session was comprehensive, insightful, professional and entirely inspiring. I'm looking forward eagerly to the coming year.

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

smart, flexible, passionate, and FUN.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 13, 2009

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September 13, 2009

In the universe of non-profit youth programs, GWN is a sensation. Its singular mission, highly efficient structure, and thoughtful/ambitious calendar are a model for any organization. After one year of volunteering, I feel such a powerful commitment to GWN -- not just to my awesome mentee but to the whole group & organization. This non-profit makes public service an empowering and invigorating experience.

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

my level of service to my community.

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

getting to know and to help underserved girls in my city.

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

super-committed, organized, full of a sense of mission and extremely clear about their goals for the organization.

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

HELP URBAN AT-RISK GIRLS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO IMPROVE THEIR SELF-ESTEEM, THEIR WRITING, AND THEIR REAL-WORLD PROSPECTS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 10, 2009

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September 10, 2009

Girls Write Now was the most formative and inspiring program I was ever a part of in my teenage years. My writing improved tremendously, and the community I had the opportunity to be a part of at GWN made me feel safe to take creative risks on the page. It's more than just a creative writing program, though. The emotional support you get from your mentor and from the rest of the community is so helpful, I don't know how I would have managed at times without it. The GWN community is a group of people who believe in you unconditionally, and it really meant a lot to me to have that, especially when it felt as though no one else cared. The only thing I would change would be the funding. If Girls Write Now had a bigger endowment, they could expand and make a difference in even more lives. :)

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

the sense of community I got from Girls Write Now. The workshops were the most exciting days of each month and my mentor was amazing and made me feel like I could accomplish anything I wanted to with hard work and dedication. The readings were fun, too.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009

The Mentoring Partnership of New York is proud to have Girls Write Now(GWN) as a member of their partnership of mentoring programs. Being a member means that your programs operates using "best practices". We have seen the hard work and dedication that GWM puts into their program and the success that the youth they serve have achieved. They provide all the appropriate supervision and training to their mentors allowing their organization to be an excellent place for volunteers.

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

We have enjoyed hearing the mentees share their work with the community. The girls in the program have such a strong support system at GWN that they are comfortable enough to get in front of hundreds of people and share their written work. That is not easy to do when you are a teenager, but this program has helped the girls build their self esteem along with their writing skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009

This is the oragnization that I wanted/needed as a girl--we are all lucky to have found it. The level of excellence is so high--from the workshops to the special events to the annual anthology. The readings never fail to make me laugh and cry.

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

the community. The talent, the warmth, the honesty and the willingness to take risks.

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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September 8, 2009

I cannot say enough about this organization's power to transform everyone who comes into contact with it: whether it's an audience member inspired by a girl's confidence, poise, and creativity at a reading; a mentor who's invigorated by working one-to-one with a teen girl and by connecting to her own craft and to the wider community of women writers; or one of our brave, bold, mentees, who are getting a glimpse of and taking a stake in their own future as women whose words impact every aspect of our world.

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

connect every woman who's interested in mentoring with every girl who's interested in writing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009

I have been involved with Girls Write Now since 2004 and it has influenced the ways in which I think about girls' education, arts education, writing communities, and grassroots fundraising.

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

the sense of community that this organization fosters. Even those of us who have taken a sabbatical from mentoring feel connected to the organization.

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

revolutionize mentoring in New York City.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009

GWN is an incredible resource to the girls of NYC. Through this organization, I got to work closely with my mentee, participate in outstanding writing workshops organized by my fellow mentors, and become part of an incredible community of talented and dedicated writers.

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

working with my mentee weekly on writing. Getting to see her improve through the course of the year was truly amazing.

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

getting to be a part of the community.

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

dedicated, hardworking, and innovative.

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

expand its programming to the rest of the country!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 7, 2009

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September 7, 2009

I first heard about girlswritenow from a friend. Interested in seeing what they do I attended my first reading over 1 year ago. Two memories particularly standout from that reading: 1) One of the girls reading a very personal story started to cry and have difficulty finishing reading. Spontaneously a couple of senior girls in the group (ones that had previously read that day) joined the struggling girl on the stage. They spoke quietly to hear while they had their supportive arms wrapped around her. With their support, the struggling reader was able to complete her piece. I felt this clearly symbolized what this organization was about...not only female mentorship from professional writers but creating a sense of family and support within a group from very ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds. The organization had clearly fostered this in addition to developing up and coming professional writers. 2) There had been a discussion behind me about how amazing it was that every girl that had completed the program went on to college/advanced education. I found that impossible to believe given all the additional personal challenges that many of these girls encountered daily. But it was in fact true. These experiences along with the wonderfully creative and high quality work that the organization creates defines girlswritenow making it a model nonprofit. I've since remained involved and try to help such a wonderful organization anyway that I can.

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

attending a number of readings and receiving regular updates.

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

recognizing the positive lifelong effect that this organization has on every girl, mentor, volunteer, donor, and audience participant.

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

the most dedicated group that I've encountered. I say that being involved in many nonprofits from volunteer to board president.

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

make such an incredible impact in the lives of so many deserving girls/women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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