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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Unknown

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

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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. =]

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!