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