Girls Write Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   132 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am very pleased to be associated with GWN because of the awesome work they do. Their accomplishments and value to society is evident in the quality of young girls that participate and graduate the program. When I first came across the organization, I was impressed by their noble cause and creative (and effective) methods but their true impact was impressed upon me at the first Reading I volunteered at in the Spring. I was completely blown away by the confidence and talent that the organization had helped to bring to the surface in the diverse readers. I was equally amazed at the synergy between the mentors/mentees despite their vast differences. Keep on keeping on, GWN!

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

...........volunteering at the Readings and Events it put on to showcase the young writers.

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

.......the transformation of participants!

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

enthusiatic, talented, and collegial

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

Conquer ALL NYC!!! Especially schools that are in low-income and underserved communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

GWN is a group of caring individuals with tremendous passion for helping girls succeed. I have worked with this organization for a number of years as a volunteer and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the writing curriculum, the capacity of the staff and board members and their commitment to building up an infrastructure for the sustainability of this effective program.

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

highly energized, highly organized, fun, creative and passionate

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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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to Girls Write Now this summer through their college essay writing workshops. It was a great and insightful experience. It gave me a good start for this year which is my senior year. The staff was great and they provided me with wonderful writing tools and strategies for writing a college essay. I hope to have another opportunity to work with Girls Write Now. It is a great program. Shanice Pressley

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

The freindliness of the staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to Girls Write Now this spring. This became a chosen topic for a Making A Difference featured story, on NBC's Nightly News, with Brian Williams. The organzation is one of the best run programmes I have seen, for mentees to learn creative writing. By virtue of it's structure and focus, it creates an environment of caring and willingness to teach and inspire young women. With their positive approach, not only so the women learn, but they gain self confidence. Girls Write Now has a diverse group of mentors, from authors, to screenplay writers and professionals in the writing field. They provide the tools and share the wealth of knowledge for young women to grow and learn in a safe environment. The younger mentees are the next generation and Girls Write Now encourages then to follow their dreams.

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

I am going to volunteer with the organization in a role yet to be determined. More than likely it will be in the form of writing, either a grant, or donating time to help Girls Write Now.

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

The warmth and generosity of the mentors. The enthusiasm the mentees have about learning to write creatively. The cohesive management team, with unified goals and mission. The amount of volunteers that are willing to give up their time to help GWN

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

The Director of Girls Write Now. Mentors; Programme Director; Grants and administration staff.

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

Provide more opportunities with a larger facility; which would in turn, enable them to recruit more mentors and mentees. Expand GWN to other towns; cities in the U.S. Advertise and spread the word.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Girls Write Now has allowed me to get bprepared for college with one of their college based workshops. The showed me how to write a college essay an make it interesting to the admissions office

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

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

I met new people and learned how to make my college essays better.

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

They were Kind and very helpful. They were very concerned with our progress with our essays.. they showed interest and that they wanted to see us succeed.

Ways to make it better...

I had more classes duirng the week

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

When I was little, I wrote one story after another. However, I did not have classes in school that would help me improve my skills. Then everything started when I joined Girls Write Now in 10th grade. Not only did I gain useful critic from my mentors over the last three years, I've also gained a family of strong girls and women who would listen to whatever problems I had. If not for Girls Write Now, I would not have had the chance to gain recognition in contests like the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards either. This is an awesome program that have strongly supported me in doing what I've always wanted, and it is still continuing to do so for many other girls. My time spent in this program will never be forgotten.

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

the opportunities and friendships I gained. By the time I left this program for college, I already feel like a professional writer without actually being one!

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

always willing to help! Everybody there is so cool and friendly; they make the workshops and meetings a party every time :).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Girls Write Now has given me the opportunity to work with young ladies who have an expressed interest in writing. Their enthusiasm and passion for the written word has reinvigorated my own love of text and prose, what power it holds and effect it has on people. Watching these young ladies grow and develop of one or more school years is exciting and rewarding to me personally, and I believe for our extended community as well.

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

My mentee is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. No one in her family has graduated high school, and/or gone to college. After participating in Girls Write Now she is in her second year at Drexel.

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

Working with the outstanding high school age young ladies and phenomenal New York Mentors.

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

Professional journalists, editors, freelance writers, screenwriters and playwrites.

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

Expand to serve more girls in more cities. A huge boon to our educational system.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I jumped at the chance to be part of this organization as soon as I discovered it, and it has far exceeded my expectations. There is no other organization that does what Girls Write Now does: creates a community based on a shared love of writing between established, adult women and teenage girls who don't have many other outlets. In my years as a mentor, I've watched girls blossom as a result of the professional yet candid and friendly relationships we form; & I've seen girls produce creative works that rival many published pieces. Girls Write Now started as a brilliant, one-of-a-kind idea, and it's been executed so well it's now a part of the fabric of New York City.

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

Change 100 million girls' lives, all around the world - and in turn, change the world.

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  

7 people found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to attend the spring reading of Girls Write Now at the New School this year and was just beyond blown away by this program: The passion the mentors demonstrated with their young women the work produced by these very young, but obviously enormously talented, remarkable women. All I could think was, if only every girl had access to a program like this, the world would a completely different place full of powerful articulate fearless women like the girls from Girls Write Now. Rock on!

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

Seeing and hearing remarkable young women who are too often silenced, come forcefully into their own

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

all passionate, proud of their successes and wonderfully friendly

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

GirlsWriteNow is one of those extraordinary organizations that truly transforms the lives of the inner city girls it serves. As an Advisory Board member for the past year, I have witnessed the vibrant dedication of a network of professional women building bridges for promising girls all the way to college and beyond. Public multimedia events hosted by GirlsWriteNow always inspire girls, their families, and professionals in the fields of wordsmithing. The small hardworking staff provides for girls far past the 9-5.

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

transform the way writing is taught in public schools, provide college writing scholarships, and expand their journalism presence online.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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