Girls Write Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   132 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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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.

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?

2009-1-01

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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.

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough about this organization! I was a mentor with Girls Write Now for seven years and am now on the Program Committee. I was paired with five wonderful mentees over that time and every one of them taught me something too and inspired me. The girls in this program are so motivated, talented, bold, and creative. And they get so much out of the program -- from the personal guidance from a professional writer to the group writing workshops, to the public readings. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of this community and help these young writers find their voices and grow. The mentors gain so much as well! I am always inspired and proud when I see our mentees read their works on stage at our annual reading. Throughout the course of a season, they all learn so much and really come into their own. Every year is more special and impressive than the last!

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

Working one-on-one with five fabulous mentees who have all blown me away with their unique talents, being part of a creative and supportive writing community, and improving my own writing through our workshops and guest speaker series.

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

Expand our reach to girls across NY, the country, and even the world! Teen girls need supportive role models and especially with writing, someone to give them guidance, attention, and support to help them grow. Our work is critical & has a lasting impact.

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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9 people found this review helpful

The creative nurturing and confidence that Girls Write Now brings to female writers, both girls and women, is invaluable. From the organizations administrators to the mentors to the mentees, this is a group of outstanding women.

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

Belonging to a creative community that fosters so many different types of growth.

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

Intelligent, passionate and compassionate.

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

Take Girls Write Now national - maybe even worldwide! I'd love to see the organization become international.

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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9 people found this review helpful

Girls Write Now is an incredibly supportive and creative community that always inspires me and makes me feel welcome. As an intern, I met interesting and talented women and girls. As a new mentor, I loved learning about writing exercise ideas at the mentor training, and am excited to meet my new mentee! I am sure Girls Write Now will continue to grow and thrive.

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

interesting, creative, supportive, motivated, kind, and helpful.

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

change the world.

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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5 people found this review helpful

GWN is such an amazing organization! SO glad I found it and am able to be a part of it. I'm a first year mentor, but already I feel like i'm a part of a great community. It is a great motivation for me to continue my writing.

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

Outstanding. Very polite, helpful and friendly.

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

Change the world by improving the self esteem of women and writer's everywhere

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I just joined Girls Write Now about a month ago and already I'm so impressed with the organization. They are focused, enthusiastic, professional, and inspiring and in only two orientations it's clear to see what a difference they make in the lives of young women in this city. At our most recent orientation, the mentors met the mentees for the first time and it was great to see how some of the returning mentees were filled with confidence, how they were proud and excited to identify themselves as writers, and how the new mentees had breakthroughs in just one afternoon, some of them saying how they had talked and wrote about some very personal things for the very first time.

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

how it feels like a real community, and how committed everyone is to that community.

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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I've been blessed to be a newcomer to an organization that encourages young writers and young women to be themselves and expand their horizons. The staff is wonderfully kind and this years crop of mentees astounds me with their grace and intelligence.

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

by becoming a mentor for the upcoming academic year and being involved with the introductory events.

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

...

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

Meeting with the staff that is so empowering and kind and hardworking for everyone involved.

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

Former mentors, teachers, and professionals in various aspects of business.

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

expand greatly, attain a larger space and afford to bring in more young mentees for guidance as they find their voices.

Ways to make it better...

nothing so far.

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

financial funding for the upcoming year.

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

this is a great cause!

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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