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Girls Write Now, Inc.
September 27, 2009

I was a Girls Write Now Mentee during the 2007-2008 school year and it really transformed the way I work as a writer. Coming in as a casual high school poet, mostly full of angst, my writing was transformed into serious work through experience in editing and a careful examination of process. Girls Write Now provided amazing contacts, starting with my individual mentor, who remains a critical part of my life, and expanding its way out to larger writing and art networks, including one that works with college age artists from around New York City. Although I frequently struggled with the contents of the workshops and the pressure to produce on the spot, they always left me with something to return to, to re-examine, edit, and transform after it was all over. Two hundred miles and over a year removed from my primary involvement with the organization, I still frequently exchange emails with staff members and mentors and my investment with the community remains, including hope of returning as some form of staff and giving back, providing the kind of support to HS girls that was given to me.

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

caring and supportive. Although my mentor was my primary contact from week to week, the staff members were always willing to listen and worked to create more opportunities for the mentees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was a mentee - I worked with a professional writer and attended workshops provided by the organization.