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October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

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!

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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

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

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.

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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

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

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.

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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

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

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.

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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

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

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.

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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

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

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.

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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.

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

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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

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

Where can you possibly go wrong with Girls Write Now? NO WHERE. GWN is my sanctuary of hope. With all the love and support ,us, the mentees, recieve from the GWN staff and mentors, I wouldn't ever trade it in for another. GWN is life. We, as a community, write because it is embedded in our DNA. GWN has become a part of us

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

the fact that it is such a welcoming and warm setting that excepts all. GWN is a safe haven for writers, no limitations.

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

very warm-hearted and down to earth, especially. They act more as friends and family.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

Well-organized, a great mission, and fun too! I'm a mentor this year, and looking forward to all the events with my mentee!

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

Expand to other cities, and help other girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

Just starting out as a new mentor this year and got to meet up with the group of mentees today--what an amazing group of young ladies. I'm so excited to be a part of an organization promoting women's voices from an early age. And I'm so impressed by what a thoughtful program the ladies who started this organization have put together. The expectations are realistic, positive, and encouraging, both for the mentees and the mentors. I fully anticipate that I'll end up learning as much or more than my mentee. Here's the adventures ahead and those that this organization has already launched people on for the past 12 years.

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

How thoughtful they are about constructing a program that is both realistic and committed to long-term benefit to all the women involved in the program (mentors and mentees alike).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

Girls Write Now (GWN) is a wonderful organization that offers substantial services to teen girls from underserved communities in NYC. They have a dedicated group of volunteers who help to make all of their programs great successes. As a volunteer advisory board member, I help GWN strategize about fundraising. In March 2009 I honored GWN at my birthday party to raise awareness of the organization and raise much needed donations.

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

seeing the results of their hard work each year in a wonderful book, an anthology of writing by teen girls and their professional writing mentors. The stories and essays are small jewels.

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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