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May 24, 2011

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September 1, 2009

I have had the privilege of being a mentor at Girls Write Now for two years; thus, I've gotten to know two girls very well--helping each with her school and personal writing. I've also learned about ... more

May 24, 2011

I have worked with many organizations that serve young people and focus, particularly, on helping them with their writing. " Girls Write Now" is definitely one of the very best. They're a well-organized, extremely creative, and widely diverse group of women interested in bringing the most up-to-date, practical, and yet wonderfully cutting-edge writing experiences to high school girls. One hundred percent of the girls
involved in the program go on to college. They don't all become writers, but they do have a much better idea of what it means to write well, and they have confidence in their ability to do so.

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I have watched hundreds of girls benefit substantially from their work with GWN, and I have personally benefited by writing more myself and meeting a creative group of mentors and girls.

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Make it bigger!

September 1, 2009

I have had the privilege of being a mentor at Girls Write Now for two years; thus, I've gotten to know two girls very well--helping each with her school and personal writing. I've also learned about the lives of hundreds of other girls--through readings and workshops--and met scores of writers, who have shared valuable writing tips. This year, particularly, has been rewarding for me. The high school girl I mentor grew up in Tibet, and I truly think I may have learned more from her than she has from me! Together we've opened worlds to each other.

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

spending more time on my own writing and learning weekly what works and what is weak in writing.

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

getting to know other women and girls of all ages. I've been fascinated by the differences (and similarities) in women's experiences.

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

engaged, creative, funny, funky, and great fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I have attended several of the early presentations of Girls Write Now as well as, most recently, the Tenth presentation. I have been consistently impressed by the quality of the work, by the candor with which the young women address sensitive issues and above all by the passion they display. What I see is not only that they have learned a craft (be it poetry or story telling), but they have developed a voice. They speak for themselves, and they speak for their community as well -- bringing both the pain and the pride they have seen to the audience in ways that make it impossible to miss the point. Many of us have heard the slogan "educate a woman and you educate a family" -- I would add a new one to this "give a woman a voice, and you give her community a voice". Girls Write Now has given many, many young women a chance to be heard -- and this will improve their lives as well as the lives of those who hear them.

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

listening to the voices of the young women who are mentees

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

incredibly dynamic, committed and seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. It was a pleasure to talk with them.

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

set up branches throughout this country and, perhaps, in others as well. Communities need leadership and they need voices to speak for them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

As someone who's watched NYC's girls thrive as a direct result of their participation in Girls Write Now, I can't say enough about this organization. It truly gives girls the power to shine.

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

watching them grow over the past few years in particular has been incredible. The girls' work is phenomenal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

Girls Write Now! provides young women with dynamic resources, excellent workshops with opportunities to publish, and to read their work aloud. The attention to detail, to leadership, and to the power of writing modeled by Girls Write Now!is vital support for building skills applicable in any field! A Shout Out from Teachers & Writers and Congratulations to every writer!

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

seeing and hearing the words of the writers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

Girls Write now is one of the most inspiring organizations I know. The services they offer are both professional and nurturing. I have been impressed by the leadership and the volunteers, and feel that this organization deserves the highest accolades.

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

Transform the way we think about volunteerism in this country and inspire a whole lot of girls to express themselves and exceed their own expectations.

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

I'm a published novelist and a professor of English and creative writing at a university just outside NYC, so I'd heard about Girls Write Now and its mentoring work. Having attended one of its events, I can vouch for the quality of the writing of the young women who are mentored through this organization. The professionalism of the event I attended, the evident enthusiasm of its leaders, and the liveliness I experienced that afternoon made me an instant and confirmed fan of GWN. This is a nonprofit attuned to the needs, contexts, and challenges of young women--and it knows how to find the right people to make a difference.

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

quick on their feet, welcoming, able to summarize what they're doing--and what they want for GWN--in a few smart words, and very excited about what the organization has already done and is planning on doing.

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 have been a consultant with Girls Write Now for the past 3 years, providing support in the area of psychological counseling. Each year the mentors and mentees fill out a questionnaire about their experience in the program. It gives me a good idea of the relationships that have been established between professional female writers and the young female writers from under-served communities. Each year I have been impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm for the writing they are doing and the unique relationships they are forging. More than just teachers, the mentors at 'Girls Write Now' often fill the role of big sister, therapist, surrogate parent and best friend. For young teens from struggling backgrounds who are navigating the NYC public school system towards college the support and guidance provided by GWN is invaluable.

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

The encouragement everyone shows for each other and for the students in particular.

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

Inspired, smart and dedicated to the process of writing and to making a connection with the students.

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

I have worked with GWN since its inception as a non-profit. GWN was started by a small but incredibly visionary group of young women who were committed to finding a way for girls to express themselves as they confront life's challenges. GWN is limited only by budget as the creative energy of its community constantly gives rise to new ways to serve the girls' diverse needs, and literally has acted as a life-saver for some as evidenced by the sometimes heartwrenching content and passion of the girls' writings.

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

attending GWN events and seeing the positive impact on the girls served, and the connection they've made with a larger community of women

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

its value to the community it was dedicated to serve from Day One.

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

creative, talented, capable, and incredibly generous with their time & resources.

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

increase staff, increase programming, and allow countless numbers of girls to have such an unique outlet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009

The Mentoring Partnership of New York is proud to have Girls Write Now(GWN) as a member of their partnership of mentoring programs. Being a member means that your programs operates using "best practices". We have seen the hard work and dedication that GWM puts into their program and the success that the youth they serve have achieved. They provide all the appropriate supervision and training to their mentors allowing their organization to be an excellent place for volunteers.

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

We have enjoyed hearing the mentees share their work with the community. The girls in the program have such a strong support system at GWN that they are comfortable enough to get in front of hundreds of people and share their written work. That is not easy to do when you are a teenager, but this program has helped the girls build their self esteem along with their writing skills.

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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