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Nonprofit Overview

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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization. Girls Write Now is the perfect synthesis for education and support, something every young girl, writer or not, deserves. - The mentor-mentee model, bookended by orientations, workshops and showcases, provides for one-one-one as well as communal learning - a truly all-encompassing model for education. - The relationship building through the guise of writing is a wonderful way to dually provide support for girls at an age they might need it most, while fostering a life-long skill and creative outlet. The emphasis on writing eliminates the pressure of what might otherwise me an awkward position, providing an instant bond, project, and method of communication between the mentor and mentee. - Not only do I stand behind Girls Write Now's mission and method, I also stand behind their current operation. I was lucky enough to attend one of the last readings, and I was blown away by the sophistication of the girls, the wisdom and unabashed courage that spoke from their writing, and the undeniable, visible bond between each mentor and her mentee. Girls Write Now is clearly doing something really Right, Right now!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through Girls Write Now I have learned so many things that I never imagined. It encourages me to write and express myself through writings. Getting to work with Professionals--mentors always helpful.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MY HUSBAND AND I TRAVELED 50 MILES BY TRAIN TO ATTEND A GIRLS WRITE NOW WINTER READING IN NYC.WE ARE SENIOR CITIZENS AND HAVE BEEN TO MANY PRESENTATIONS/PERFORMANCES OVER THE YEARS. THIS NIGHT OF READINGS WAS OUTSTANDING.IT BROUGHT TEARS TO OUR EYES AND WARMTH TO OUR SOUL. THESE YOUNG WOMEN ARE OUR HOPE FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE WRITTEN WORD. THE PASSION AND LOVE THAT WAS CONVEYED IN THEIR WRITTEN EXPRESSIONS WERE VERY MOVING.WE SEND KUDOS TO MAYA NUSSBAUM WHO STARTED IT ALL.SHE HAS BEEN A DRIVING FORCE TO KEEP THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION ALIVE AND WELL IN A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY FOR THE ARTS IN AMERICA. WE HOPE TO ATTEND MANY MORE GIRLS WRITE NOW EVENTS IN THE FUTURE.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen GWN in action, and they are terrific. Their commitment to fostering the writing talents of young NYC girls results in often funny, often heartbreaking writings that any woman can relate to.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

The Girls Write Now (GWN)is a wonderful program. My 16yr old daughter attended their 3 day writing program. She said it was an excellent opportunity and enjoyed it very much.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GWN is a phenomenal organization, and I am thrilled to be involved with the group. I started attending events with my sister a couple of years ago, and seeing how far these young women have come has been an incredibly impactful experience. I wish there was an organization like this when I was in high school! I love GWN so much that I have signed up to be on the Advisory Board, so I can help support the next generation of women writers!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to a number of readings and it is impressive how empowered the girls have become since being involved in the organization.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that has had a positive impact upon many young women. I would volunteer as a mentor for this organization if I were eligible.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an outstanding organization! I attended some readings and have contributed financially because my daughter is a mentor. I was so moved by what I saw and heard at last year's Winter Reading, and my daughter's mentee is such an amazing young woman.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how much Girls Write Now meant to me. I learned so much about myself as a writer and a person. I gained so much confidence in my writing ability and I found a great friend in my mentor. I am still in contact with her now and consider her one of my best friends. At Girls Write Now we have the opportunity to meet women in many different areas of writing such as novelists, journalists , playwrights and songwriters. It was a great experience that led me to choose writing as my major in college. I love Girls Write Now very much.