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October 7, 2009

Girls Write Now! provides young women with dynamic resources, excellent workshops with opportunities to publish, and to read their work aloud. The attention to detail, to leadership, and to the power of writing modeled by Girls Write Now!is vital support for building skills applicable in any field! A Shout Out from Teachers & Writers and Congratulations to every writer!

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

seeing and hearing the words of the writers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Girls Write now is one of the most inspiring organizations I know. The services they offer are both professional and nurturing. I have been impressed by the leadership and the volunteers, and feel that this organization deserves the highest accolades.

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

Transform the way we think about volunteerism in this country and inspire a whole lot of girls to express themselves and exceed their own expectations.

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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Last year, I went to a GWN reading. It was truly inspirational to see the relationships and unbounded talent that was cultivated. Both mentors and mentees appear to gain so much from the experience!

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

incredibly passionate about what they do and extremely dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Many times it is a necessary bi-product that non-profits become insular and very tight-knit families. Girls Write Now however has achieved the best of both worlds, in one fell swoop they not only purport their support of each other but are also incredibly open and enthusiastic with newcomers and people who are unaffiliated. I had the pleasure of attending a fundraising event that was not only enjoyable but portrayed the spirit of Girls Write Now. I look forward to attending more events and involvement with this incredible non-profit!

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

its fundraising aspects.

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

none.

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

the people.

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

warm and friendly.

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

really change lives.

Ways to make it better...

no change.

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

growing despite the terrible economy.

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

they deserve as much support as possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Last year I attended the Winter Reading at Girls Write Now and I was blown away. I did not know what to expect from it, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and the sense of comradery between the mentors and the students. They really seemed like they developed a great relationship with each other and it was nice to see how welcoming the environment was for young writers. I got a sense from the winter reading that Girls Write Now was really accomplishing something notable and good and was creating confident writers out of young woman who might now have had the courage to express themselves otherwise.

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

The staff at Girls Write Now seemed extremely welcoming and kind. They knew how to nurture a positive and encouraging environment for the girls which I loved seeing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Being a part of Girls Write Now has been a life changing experience. I like to say that GWN is the one part of my life that keeps me grounded - that makes me feel like I am really giving something back to the community I grew up in. I have always been passionate about writing, and it is incredibly rewarding to be surrounded by so many talented women and girls who share that passion. As much as my role as a mentor is about providing guidance, support and inspiration to my "mentee," I have to say I learn just as much - if not more - from her as she does from me. It is one of the most cherished relationships in my life. I am so proud to be a part of a local organization that serves local girls. Too often, students in the New York City public school system do not get the attention or education they need to thrive as adults. That's where GWN comes in. It's a fantastic forum in which these amazingly talented girls can find and share their voices. I truly hope that we can expand our resources and establish places for all applicants who apply to the program. I think everyone who wants to should have the opportunity to be a part of this organization. I simply cannot imagine my life without Girls Write Now.

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

writing more creatively, and inspiring my mentee to pursue a career in writing. On our final session before summer break last year, my mentee - who had always wanted to be a lawyer - told me she wanted to be a journalist. My heart sang!

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

Is the community of passionate women writers who support me and help me be better at what I love to do.

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

Dedicated beyond belief. It is so inspiring to see what they have created, and to witness first-hand they way GWN volunteers have literally changed young girls' lives.

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

Reach ALL the under-served girls in America - from New York City to Los Angeles! GWN has had so much influence in NYC, and could do amazing things on a national scale. If we had 10 million bucks, we could create local chapters across the country.

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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Girls Write Now defines the idea of a "great nonprofit." Little did I know when I joined in 2006 that I would find my life changed as much as the girls I had hoped to help. I have volunteered in every capacity with this organization, and can personally attest that the staff and volunteers of this organization are the hardest working, most brilliant women I have had the honor to meet. The girls -- well, they're strength, talent, and honesty takes my breath away. I have found the experience of working as part of Girls Write Now continually inspirational in both my professional and personal lives. Through this organization, I have found the strength and confidence to be a better writer, a better teacher, and a better friend.

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

my years as a mentor, Program Advisory Commitee member, board member, and Advisory Board member.

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

Feeling a part of a community: A real-life, vibrant community in every sense of the word.

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

TREMENDOUS!! Dedicated, hard-working, and largely sleep deprived. I've never met a group of more inspiring individuals

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

Open centers in all boroughs to serve the hundreds of girls who need help; then build centers in several US cities, to spread the mission, and the positive work of Girls Write Now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I'm a new mentor with Girls Write Now. At orientation, which was the first time we met the mentees, I could already see how the program enriches both the girls' and the mentors' lives through a supportive, enthusiastic writing community. I am so excited to jump in and get started!

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

engaged, enthusiastic, have extremely impressive resumes, open, caring and all around great.

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

change the lives of countless NYC girls and expand its mission to other cities. In addition, the long-term effect of empowering and educating so many young people would have a hugely positive impact on our nation, and world.

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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I wish I'd been a part of something like this growing up myself. It's absolutely incredible, and I hope to get more and more involved! Great work.

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

absolutely change the way youth feel about themselves and about expressing themselves through 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 7, 2009

I have been to three Girl's Write Now readings and each time I'm more impressed with the caliber of both the girls and mentors. It's not simply the writing that these young women present, it's the passion that their mentor's have instilled in them, which is clearly evident by their desire to get up in front of an audience and share their work. The bond that these mentors and mentees form speaks volumes about the environment GWN fosters and the careful attention it pays to mentor/mentee pairings. I look forward to more readings!

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

Dedicated and passionate. Every person in the organization truly wishes that Girl's Write Now existed when they were teenagers, and they bring that passion to provide a safe environment for free expression to every girl that walks through their doors.

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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