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  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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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!

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?

2009-9-01

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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with Girls Write Now for eight years before transitioning to a board role and paid position. I could not be more passionate about our mission and the community we serve. As I have helped grow the organization, the incredible writers I have worked with--women who are ages 13-81 and originally from countries around the globe--have helped me grow as a writer, leader, and friend. Thank you Girls Write Now.

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

It has touched every aspect of my life.

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

The divers and talented women writers I have learned from.

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

generous, kind, skilled, and effective

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

serve every one of the next generation of women writers in New York City and beyond

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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8 people found this review helpful

For 4 years through High School I have been a mentee in this program. The program has helped me improve greatly as a writer as well as get a better view on what I want to do with my future. The many mentors there not only opened my eyes to the many different jobs available to writers but also cleared up areas that I didn't know about and helped me see a more realistic view on what I can do later on down the line. I don't really know how the program can get better. All I know is that it's helped me so much. My resume is bangin' because of them so nothing but love here from me. =]

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

The people that I meet. I know so many different wonderful people in so many places. I'm about to start an internship at this recording studio because of one of the mentors I met through there.

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

Do so many more things. Reach out to so many more girls and buy a bigger space so that it can accommodate the many girls that seem to increase every year. I really wish they had more money so they could really do all the things that they want to do.

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

Throughout the years I have watched this organization develop and thrive, and I have personally met a few of the mentees. I went with a small group from GirlsWriteNow to a fundraising event in New Jersey about 2 years ago, and was really impressed by one of the mentees, a young woman named Rashri, who seems to have found her voice within the program and uses it with strength and confidence. I have gone to a number of workshops and always enjoy the enthusiasm and creativity displayed there.

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

extremely dedicated, hardworking professional women, and one of the assets of this organization is that it does not just "take" from its volunteers--it nurtures them and provides then with a sense of community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Being with Girls Write Now has helped me tremendously. While I do spend a lot of time in the office, just being at the workshops and being around all of these accomplished people has really been very inspiring for me and has helped me create and achieve goals I would have never even dreamed of pursuing before my time at GWN.

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

the creation of my own creative writing group in my neighborhood. Working with GWN gave me the ideas and courage to do this.

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

get us a bigger space all to ourselves.

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

The different kinds of people that I have met who all share the same common passion of writing.

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

incredible and supportive.

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

expand the program to more girls and present more opportunities for them.

Ways to make it better...

N/a I have had a perfect experience.

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

the constant search for funding.

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

Girls Write Now is doing an awesome job and keeps getting better.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I have attended the events where the wonderful high school girls get to read the work that they have produced with their mentors. The girls were terrific and the mentors, who are all professional writers volunteering their time are like proud family members. Kudos to an organization who recognizes that there is untapped talent in our NYC high school woman.

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

Reach out to all the young woman who had something to say and no one to help them say it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

This is the first year I've been involved with Girls Write Now, and I honestly had more fun at their orientation than I thought I would. I was there for 5 hours and never got bored. It was really enjoyable and everyone was so friendly. :)

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

much friendlier than i thought they'd be.

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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