Girls Write Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   131 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  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

I'm a mentee who enjoys it.

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

I would get a bigger space for our workshops.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Attending readings and seeing the girls present their work.

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?

2009-9-01

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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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