October 5, 2009
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?
MY ROLE:General Member of the Public & I shared an office with GirlsWriteNow.