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October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

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.

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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.

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

get us a bigger space all to ourselves.

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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

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October 7, 2009

I worked as a volunteer intern at GWN and am still in touch with the organization. In my opinion, it is one of the most invaluable organizations that has been created for young women worldwide. The warmth and sense of belonging that is shared among its members is a large part of what "making a difference" is about. GWN goes beyond just words: it sets goals and accomplishes them, it looks you in the eye and says, "Go ahead, we're right behind you."

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

positively affect the lives of young women all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had found Girls Write Now when I was a high school student.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 6, 2009

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October 6, 2009

Girls Write Now has changed my life. I've found a home with a community of women writers that inspires me all the time.

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

Extremely generous and committed.

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 6, 2009

Gina doesn't have anywhere to write. She sleeps on the sofa in the living room of her Mom's noisy apartment in the Bronx. Late at night, Gina expresses her deepest feelings in a notebook she hides under the sofa. Sometimes her feelings come out in raging poems, sometimes terrifically imaginative stories. If Gina's lucky her high school English teacher will notice, and wish she could devote time to guiding the development this talented girl. If they're both lucky, Girls Write Now will be there. Fact: GWN is the only creative writing program in existence where talented teen girls are mentored one-on-one by professional women writers. Working together every week through the school year, these mentee/mentor teams soar. Despite widely varying life experiences, they have one thing in common: they are writers. And Girls Write Now is the place they love to be.

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

Expand its one-on-one professional mentoring model to to include many more at-risk teenage girls who are already on its waiting lists.

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 6, 2009

Every minute I spend with Girls Write Now is inspiring and invigorating. The girls are smart and wise, the women are open-minded and encouraging. The rest of the world should be so fabulous.

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

change the universe, one girl at a time.

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 6, 2009

My company jumped at the chance to collaborate with Girls Write Now on a pro bono public relations & marketing project. We fell in love with their mission from day one and our appreciation for the work they do still grows. It's exciting to be a part of an organization that makes such a tangible difference in NYC girls' lives. Can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for this exciting nonprofit!

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

Seeing women of all ages and backgrounds come together for a common cause.

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

Smart, enthusiastic, and genuinely passionate about their work.

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 6, 2009

I am constantly inspired and amazed by the staff and volunteers that make up Girls Write Now. When I began my internship with Girls Write Now, I was a recent college graduate and new to New York City. I knew I wanted to become involved with non-profits and was directed to Girls Write Now by a former mentor and friend. As soon as I became involved with the organization, I realized I had stumbled upon a truly unique community, one that I wanted to stay part of and one that I wanted to dedicate my time to. All of the leadership works tirelessly to create a challenging and supportive space for the mentees to explore their writing. The unyielding passion of all of the staff and volunteers for this mission shows through in the growth of the organization since it’s inception twelve years ago, the numerous awards GWN has earned, and the success, both in life and writing, of the girls who graduate from the program. I’ve also been particularly impressed with how GWN welcomes and empowers its new members while also supporting long-term volunteers.

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

smart, ambitious, and forward-thinking.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 5, 2009

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October 5, 2009

I worked as a volunteer for GWN for the last 5 years and never ceased to be amazed at the quality, carefulness and rigor of both the mentoring program and the monthly workshops -- the curricula for which is renewed each year. Their retention and college acceptance rates are about the highest I've seen in my personal career as a development professional working with youth organizations -- and the enthusiasm and concrete commitment of their volunteers AND staff is really unparalleled.

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

Incredibly committed & willing to put in long hours for a mission that everybody shares.

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 5, 2009

I was a volunteer intern at GWN for seven months before coming on board as the second full time staff member. Upon joining the organization as an intern, I immediately felt connected to the whole GWN community. I really feel that the community aspect of GWN is something that sets us apart from other mentoring organizations. I worked intimately with our amazing and inspiring group of mentors and mentees and was encouraged to involve myself in all aspects of the community and running of the organization. As an intern, I gained invaluable experience and knowledge about the workings of a nonprofit, and quickly decided that this was the field I wanted to work in. I've also had the opportunity to work with talented and brilliant women who have supported, encouraged, and challenged me, effecting my own growth as much as that of the teen girls we work with.

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

getting to know the women and girls that make up the GWN community.

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

passionate dedicated women who are willing to lend help and support.

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 5, 2009

I love Girls Write Now!!! I joined as a mentor four years ago and am currently a program volunteer. Our girls are strong and sassy and special. Supporting their growth into healthy young women and helping them develop their literary voices has made my life richer. I love our community and take every opportunity to spread the word.

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

Mentoring a young poet for 2 years, co-facilitating college essay writing workshops for 3 years, contributing to curriculum planning.

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

Community of vibrant young women and professional women writers.

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

selfless, awesome, extremely loyal, dedicated and hard working

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

buy a building and have a permanent home, which would allow us to reach more girls and provide more girls with the opportunities to develop their literary voices and healthy life choices.

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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