Girls Write Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   131 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: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

Family friend came over to the united states. She had poor English skills but was really excited about writing. Also very sky. This organization allowed to come out of her shell and become a confident writer.

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

seeing a young woman grow while participating in this great program.

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

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

the impressive growth of one of the girls that I know well.

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

incredible individuals and dedicated.

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

make an even greater influence on the community.

Ways to make it better...

there were more girls that cold participate.

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

funding.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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17 people found this review helpful

I originally learned about this organization from a friend who is an active volunteer and have since become a supporter and fan. I’ve also read the anthology of the girls and mentors work which shows off what talented writers are in the program. Not only does Girls Write Now addresses an important need in New York City, but I can see the organization also creates a close and strong community of women, writers and leaders.

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

Not worry about funding and focus on serving more NYC girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have attended a few workshops and readings presented by girls from Girls Write Now and was amazed by the level of thought and care that went into the programming. I enjoy reading the monthly updates and newsletter which is sent out online. I have met and spoken with some of the Mentors who have given so much time and energy, who have committed to supporting and teaching the girls, and was inspired by their stories and writing. I was also very happy to watch the segment on national television about Girls Write Now. Watching the organization grow and affect so many people has given me a lot of hope for the future generations and the role that women play in the world.

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

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

Listening to the stories and beautiful words shared by strong young and old women.

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

Friendly, Strong, Confident, Smart

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

Grow and support more people

Ways to make it better...

There was a Girls Write Now in every large city and I could participate and volunteer more regularly!

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

Being a Non-profit and having so many volunteers. Offering something that is so valuable for free in a money based, fast paced world.

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

I am thankful for Girls Write Now

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Last year, I went to a GWN reading. It was truly inspirational to see the relationships and unbounded talent that was cultivated. Both mentors and mentees appear to gain so much from the experience!

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

incredibly passionate about what they do and extremely dedicated.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Last year I attended the Winter Reading at Girls Write Now and I was blown away. I did not know what to expect from it, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and the sense of comradery between the mentors and the students. They really seemed like they developed a great relationship with each other and it was nice to see how welcoming the environment was for young writers. I got a sense from the winter reading that Girls Write Now was really accomplishing something notable and good and was creating confident writers out of young woman who might now have had the courage to express themselves otherwise.

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

The staff at Girls Write Now seemed extremely welcoming and kind. They knew how to nurture a positive and encouraging environment for the girls which I loved seeing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I wish I'd been a part of something like this growing up myself. It's absolutely incredible, and I hope to get more and more involved! Great work.

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

absolutely change the way youth feel about themselves and about expressing themselves through writing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to GWN by a writer friend who is also a mentor. Its a simple but powerful idea. Introduce young women to their own power by letting them find it in writing. What makes GWN amazing is that they execute on this idea perfectly. I have been to the readings where the young writers are given an audience and a forum. These are deeply moving and life changing events for anyone in the room. Support this org! Support this org!

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

a couple of readings

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

reach many, many more girls

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I went to one of Girls Write Now, Inc. events and I was totally blown away. It was such an inspiring and invigorating experience to watch these teen girls open themselves up to the audience so eloquently and honestly. It really made me really happy to know that there are organizations like this one out there. It was extremely well organized. They had two women within the writing field speak about their experiences and I found them to relevant and well-chosen. All around a wonderful experience.

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

an indirect way.

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

reach out to so many more young women in the New York area and spread their already inspiring impact even further.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I shared an office with GirlsWriteNow (GWN) for about 5 years while working as a program director for another writing program in the schools of NYC. The program I worked for has been around since '67 and when GWN came to our office, it was still very new relatively speaking. Nevertheless, from day one, the professionalism and ambition shown by the GWN administration was impressive, and reflected in the support received by a team of volunteers, competitively chosen professionals from many fields and backgrounds, as well as by the mentees themselves. Over the course of the years I was impressed to see how some of the teens matured into confident, well spoken, creative and ambitious young women, and with how much originality and sincerity they approached all of their tasks in the process. Moreover, to see the relationships that formed between mentee and mentor was also truly inspirational. However, the most obvious marker of success for this group (aside from it's constant need for more hands and bigger spaces to accommodate growth and demand) is the quality of writing put out each year in the publications of these amazing young women. GWN is a strict, no nonsense organization. The young women that graduate through their program, as well as the volunteers and small staff that keep the program running are a testament to the hard work and talent that every woman is exposed to and in turn expected to live up to in this wonderful organization. Three cheers for GirlsWriteNow!!!

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

cream of the crop professional women capable of inspiring and forming bonds with young women from all over NYC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I honestly feel GWN is a great program for young women. Although this is my first year this program I have no doubt in my mind that this is going to be an outstanding year.I mean the fact that theres even an organization as such promoting and supporting young female writers. You dont get that so often in this community. I am just thankful for having encoutered this program and I look forward to this year.

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

everyone is so together, it really is a writng community. Like the auroa in the room is just beautiful. You feel all the love.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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