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October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Girls Write Now is a phenomenal program that allows young girls to further their writing with professional women writers. What can be better than that? It's helpful, relaxed, fun, and encouraging.

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

the open environment in which a young girl can talk about her writing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 8, 2009

Girls Write Now is a small organization that achieves big things. It is organized, inspiring, creative, joyful, smart and fun. I wish I had a community like this when I was a girl--I might not have been so confused about my goals. Everyone works harder, is more dedicated and is better at their jobs (both volunteer and staff) then anyone I've ever met. The girls are vulnerable and strong and watching them grow as writers and women is a privilege. It's all a privilege, one of the best things I've ever been part of.

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

talented, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 8, 2009

I have seen first-hand how dedicated and ambitious the volunteers of GWN all are. They are constantly striving to improve and create an enriching and challenging program for the young woman they serve. The public readings showcase all the amazingly talented writers GWN nurtures and supports.

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

Passionate and incredibly hard working!

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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October 8, 2009

Girls Write Now is a wonderful program that inspires both the girls it serves and all of its volunteers. Even though I don’t live in New York, I began supporting this organization as soon as I learned about their mission.

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

reach more girls and expand to other parts of the country.

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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October 8, 2009

As someone who's watched NYC's girls thrive as a direct result of their participation in Girls Write Now, I can't say enough about this organization. It truly gives girls the power to shine.

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

watching them grow over the past few years in particular has been incredible. The girls' work is phenomenal.

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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October 8, 2009

Maya Nussbaum is one of the most inspiring leaders I have ever met, and Girls Write Now one of the most innovative, top-quality, world-changing organizations I know about. I have had many years of experience sitting on the boards of various organizations dedicated to serving women and girls, including Stanford's Clayman Institute and The I Do Foundation, but I have never seen anything like Girls Write Now. What amazes me is the level of attention and dedication GWN demands of its mentors and mentees -- and the results that this high standard yields. Attending the readings where the girls and their mentors present their work inspires and awes me, and the impact of writing and speaking on the girls' lives is irrefutable. Girls Write Now is poised to grow and change the lives of young women not just in New York but beyond, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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

Attending readings and seeing the girls present their work.

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

The high standards the organization holds us all to.

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

Change the lives of girls all over the globe, and give them a voice and a source of self-esteem that no one can ever take away from them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 8, 2009

I've always loved writing. As I grew older I began to notice fewer opportunities for young writers in and out of school. The writing programs I did find would usually cost a bit of money for just a handful of classes. So when I came home from my first workshop at Girls Write Now I was ecstatic. My writing was not the only thing that flourished with the help of my mentor and fellow mentees. My self confidence grew and I became more comfortable with sharing my work. I found support and guidance at Girls Write Now and strong women to look up to. GWN is not just about the writing, it's about building relationships and supporting the innovation of my generation.

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

I've enjoyed the fact that my writing has improved tremendously and I have met some pretty amazing people (mentees and mentors) in the process!

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

All the staff and volunteers were supportive, encouraging and welcoming. Everyone is also very talented and full of life.

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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October 8, 2009

Write, eat good food, write some more, and go home knowing something new about a new genre of writing. I especially enjoyed the playwriting workshop, because it was relaxed and fun.

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

I now read in front of large groups of people - ONLY because of Girls Write Now - in school I would never do it.

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

explore more than one genre at a time.

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

My mentor!

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

friendly and very responsible, keeping everyone up to date on things.

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

buy its own building.

Ways to make it better...

the workshops weren't so long.

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

the readings

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

You would probably enjoy Girls Write Now even if you didn't enjoy writing that much.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

I am a new mentor and look forward to meeting my mentee and working with her. So far, Girls Write Now has proved to be a very compassionate organization dedicated to the welfare of all concerns, and to developing the writing potential of the girls. It has well-structured and diverse programs, and a great support team. The staff and volunteers are terrific and the energy and inspiration they exude is infectious.

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

providing the tools and support necessary to help mentor the girls in developing their creative writing ability.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 7, 2009

I've been shooting the readings and events for this organization for 5 years. It's one of only two organizations that I feel strongly enough, and that the work is valuable enough, that I continually feel inspired to stay involved. When I'm shooting video for them, I'm seeing the results of their work clear as day though the lens of my camera, and how much the experience matters to the girls as they read their stories and poetry.

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

Well, me personally, I'm not sure how I would do it, but again, it's just upsetting to see how tired the staff looks at events; often having stayed up all night the night before.

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

watching the emotion in the girls faces as they read their writings, and the glow that they walk away with.

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

tremendously dedicated, they work their asses off.

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

afford to hire more support staff, and most importantly the program could reach more girls!!

Ways to make it better...

they had better computer support; it's been like trying to hold computers together with spit and tape at times. Which is tremendously frustrating to fight with. But it's what they've got, so not their fault.

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

Financial stability/sustainability, a larger full time support staff, and in the biggest sense, spreading it's model for supporting adolescent girls to a much larger group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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