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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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

Girls Write Now is consistently impressive at delivering quality mentorship to girls in the New York City public schools. At the same time, Girls Write Now provides a way and a space for women to volunteer their time and expertise and feel part of a meaningful community. As a board member and volunteer, I have connected to the organization for more than 5 years and GWN continues to impress me more and more.

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

incredible.

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

impact the lives of millions of girls and women all across the United States.

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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Maya Nussbaum is one of the most inspiring leaders I have ever met, and Girls Write Now one of the most innovative, top-quality, world-changing organizations I know about. I have had many years of experience sitting on the boards of various organizations dedicated to serving women and girls, including Stanford's Clayman Institute and The I Do Foundation, but I have never seen anything like Girls Write Now. What amazes me is the level of attention and dedication GWN demands of its mentors and mentees -- and the results that this high standard yields. Attending the readings where the girls and their mentors present their work inspires and awes me, and the impact of writing and speaking on the girls' lives is irrefutable. Girls Write Now is poised to grow and change the lives of young women not just in New York but beyond, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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

Attending readings and seeing the girls present their work.

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

The high standards the organization holds us all to.

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

Change the lives of girls all over the globe, and give them a voice and a source of self-esteem that no one can ever take away from them.

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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8 people found this review helpful

Girls Write Now defines the idea of a "great nonprofit." Little did I know when I joined in 2006 that I would find my life changed as much as the girls I had hoped to help. I have volunteered in every capacity with this organization, and can personally attest that the staff and volunteers of this organization are the hardest working, most brilliant women I have had the honor to meet. The girls -- well, they're strength, talent, and honesty takes my breath away. I have found the experience of working as part of Girls Write Now continually inspirational in both my professional and personal lives. Through this organization, I have found the strength and confidence to be a better writer, a better teacher, and a better friend.

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

my years as a mentor, Program Advisory Commitee member, board member, and Advisory Board member.

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

Feeling a part of a community: A real-life, vibrant community in every sense of the word.

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

TREMENDOUS!! Dedicated, hard-working, and largely sleep deprived. I've never met a group of more inspiring individuals

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

Open centers in all boroughs to serve the hundreds of girls who need help; then build centers in several US cities, to spread the mission, and the positive work of Girls Write Now.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've had the great privilege of seeing some of this organizations work first hand. i was so impressed i joined the advisory board!

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

reach thousands more young girls with writing mentorship.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I joined the board of GWN after I saw a video of a young women break down crying before reading the work she had written at a GWN workshop. Her tears were not what motivated me to join GWN. I was moved by the dozen or so other young women who rushed from the audience to prop her up. They gathered in a huddle and then the other young women sat down and by the mircale of GWN, the original young woman found the courage to share her work. Thats what GWN is all about.

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

Reach every girl in New York City and make sure they finish high school and steer them toward college.

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

Girls Write Now does an incredible job of empowering young women to develop their writing skills, use their authentic voices, and record their real experiences. And it's not just the young women that are inspired and strengthened--it's also the mentors. Professional writers who work with these inspiring NYC girls are re-invigorated in their own work. The Girls Write Now community is boisterous, productive, loving, and fierce.

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

run like one big thriving community!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to Girls Write Now this summer through their college essay writing workshops. It was a great and insightful experience. It gave me a good start for this year which is my senior year. The staff was great and they provided me with wonderful writing tools and strategies for writing a college essay. I hope to have another opportunity to work with Girls Write Now. It is a great program. Shanice Pressley

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

The freindliness of the staff.

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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