Girls Write Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   131 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 247 West 37th Street Suite 1800 New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: Girls Write Now Inc. (GWN) is New York’s premier creative writing and mentoring non-profit organization, matching bright, creative teenage girls from the city’s public high schools with professional women writers in the community since 1998. Through weekly one-to-one mentoring, monthly group genre-based workshops, and a five-part public reading series, their mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment where underserved or at-risk high school girls can expand their natural writing talents, develop independent voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career and life. The organization has recently been featured in The New York Times and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Girls Write Now has been distinguished by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth beyond the school hours. More: www.girlswritenow.org.
Geographic areas served: New York City
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Mentor Training was an amazing experience, and if it is any indication of the rest of the year, I'm thrilled beyond measure. I went home and read all of the mentor and staff bios from our Training Handbook and was absolutely blown away by the talent, commitment, and dedication of each and every woman involved. I am honoured and humbled to be part of such a wonderful organization.

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

Mentor training. The training was extensive, thorough, and there is a committed support network to help mentors do the best we can when working with the young women "mentees".

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

~Sharing a common goal with like-minded women. ~The creativity and valuing of creative expression. ~valuing girls and women and creating a model of learning/teaching that works well for young women

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

Helpful, committed, dedicated, warm, enthusiastic, organized, with a nice balance of being results-minded as well as process-oriented.

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

Shape a whole new way of learning and teaching, based on creative expression and empowerment of girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I'm a mentor at Girls Write Now, and I have to say that getting involved with GWN is hands-down one of the best, most rewarding experiences of my life. To see these young girls begin to find their own voice and develop strong senses of self is amazing. Go GWN!

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

developing a relationship with my brilliant, talented superstar mentee!

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

amazing! So motivated!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I just finished my mentor training for Girls Write Now. Every woman I met was incredibly inspiring and thrilled to be part of this group. I can't wait to get started this season!

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

they thoroughly prepare mentors.

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

enthusiastic and dedicated.

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

empower thousands of young girls with the written word.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

my level of service to my community.

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?

2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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. :)

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?

2009-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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