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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

Programs: Founded in 1998, girls write now is new yorks first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls. Girls write now is a community of women writers dedicated to providing guidance, support and opportunities for underserved girls to develop their creative, independent voices and write their way to a better future. Girls write now has been distinguished twice by the white house and the presidents committee on the arts and the humanities as one of the nations top after school programs, twice by the nonprofit excellence awards as one of new yorks top ten nonprofits, and twice by the new york city council as one of the citys top girl focused initiatives. Our girlsover 90% high need and over 95% girls of colorhave performed at lincoln center and the united nations, published original work in newsweek, elle india, aol cambio/huffington post, and our award-winning anthology, and earned hundreds of scholastic art & writing awards. 100% of our seniors go on to college.

Community Stories

132 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Vietduc N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Girls Write Now occurred during my first year living in NYC. A friend had told me about a Chapters reading... more ยป

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Girls Write Now occurred during my first year living in NYC. A friend had told me about a Chapters reading and suggested I go. When it was over, I walked out feeling more alive and more inspired than I had in months. I am now in my third year as a mentor with Girls Write Now, and am as inspired now as I was then. Working with my first mentee through her junior and senior years of high school, celebrating with her as she was accepted into her first choice for college and shedding tears as she left were so incredibly rewarding. I have begun a new adventure with a new mentee, and it's been so much fun sharing in her enthusiasm for all that GWN has to offer. Monthly group workshops challenge us to expand our writing skills while learning about different genres; our weekly pair sessions allow us to read poetry and champion each other's writing. Being part of the GWN community is the most supportive, rewarding experience I've encountered since moving to NYC. Witnessing such a diverse community of women writers--mentors and mentees alike--grow in their writing, form friendships, and be proud of their accomplishments is awe-inspiring. Girls Write Now empowers young women writers to find their voices and perhaps even more importantly, to use them.

3 Anuja M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with GWN for about 8 years, taking on various roles throughout my time, from mentor to member of the Program Advisory Committee to doing both at the same time. While the organization has grown tremendously since I joined, it has remained a supportive community for both young girls and women. Because I've been around for so long, I've been able to see growth within the girls as they make their way through the program and then go off to college. Shy young girls become confident young women, excited to revise and share their work, and to see that is truly rewarding. I think GWN is a great program for high school girls looking to not only improve their writing but to have a safe space to come into their own as women. It's also a wonderful opportunity for adult women to be part of a community of like-minded ladies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recall saying this when Girls Write Now asked me to represent them at a small board meeting- Girls Write Now has been the best program I've been involved and seen in my twenty years of existence. I have four years being part of Girls Write Now's community. Two years as a mentee and two year as a mentee alum in their Youth Board. As a mentee, I received a lot of privileges: support from my GWN mentor and GWN staff and writing resources and great book recommendations, college prep, breakfast, and so much more. Besides the privileges, I also encountered and met inspiring guest speakers. As a youth board member, I get to witness and take part into the behind scene work. I see all the dedication and creativity that the staff produce and execute to make GWN into a fun and comfortable environment and build up that sense of community. I get to enjoy that sweet perspective working behind scenes. Also, GWN has given me an opportunity to feel productive and help me gradually overcome my shyness and relate to other people. Overall, I think Girls Write Now is
a safe space for the mentees and as well as for the mentors to be ourselves and discuss through writing what really matters to us.

I believe that Girls Write Now upholds a legacy of women writers and fulfilling the dreams of young girls whom can make a difference through writing.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my third year with GWN, and the thing that has always impressed me about them is how they are always self-examining and striving to improve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started as a mentor and I am already in awe. Girls Write Now manages to be completely open and welcoming of new ideas and yet still be the most organized volunteer group I have ever encountered. The Girls Write Now staff and my fellow mentors are filled with positive energy, and I am overjoyed to be spending the coming year working with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with many organizations that serve young people and focus, particularly, on helping them with their writing. " Girls Write Now" is definitely one of the very best. They're a well-organized, extremely creative, and widely diverse group of women interested in bringing the most up-to-date, practical, and yet wonderfully cutting-edge writing experiences to high school girls. One hundred percent of the girls
involved in the program go on to college. They don't all become writers, but they do have a much better idea of what it means to write well, and they have confidence in their ability to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being a mentor at Girls Write Now for two years; thus, I've gotten to know two girls very well--helping each with her school and personal writing. I've also learned about the lives of hundreds of other girls--through readings and workshops--and met scores of writers, who have shared valuable writing tips. This year, particularly, has been rewarding for me. The high school girl I mentor grew up in Tibet, and I truly think I may have learned more from her than she has from me! Together we've opened worlds to each other.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family friend came over to the united states. She had poor English skills but was really excited about writing. Also very sky. This organization allowed to come out of her shell and become a confident writer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended several of the early presentations of Girls Write Now as well as, most recently, the Tenth presentation. I have been consistently impressed by the quality of the work, by the candor with which the young women address sensitive issues and above all by the passion they display. What I see is not only that they have learned a craft (be it poetry or story telling), but they have developed a voice. They speak for themselves, and they speak for their community as well -- bringing both the pain and the pride they have seen to the audience in ways that make it impossible to miss the point. Many of us have heard the slogan "educate a woman and you educate a family" -- I would add a new one to this "give a woman a voice, and you give her community a voice". Girls Write Now has given many, many young women a chance to be heard -- and this will improve their lives as well as the lives of those who hear them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saturday morning finally arrived. It was first day of the Girls Write Now mentoring training program. I was so happy to be part of the program. I arrived on 8th Avenue and found the building. I took a deep breath, and pushed the doors open. I was so nervous that I wanted to run back home. I entered the lobby and meekly approached the concierge. I asked for the Girls Write Now Program. He must have had keen insight because he gave me a big smile and said, "It is on the 20th floor." I entered the elevator along with several other girls. The journey up felt like an eternity. I began to fret over the usual worries such as, "Will I make a friend? Will the mentors be kind? I began to regret that I did not persuade a friend to participate in the program with me. Ding. The elevator arrived, and it broke my stream of self-doubting questions. I said to myself, "All right, let's get this show on the road." I stepped off the elevator and I was greeted by a two other mentees. They gave me a warm welcome, a big smile, a name tag and a gift. I was given my own personal journal. I ran my fingers over the cover and smiled. Somehow I knew I was in the right place. I was asked to complete an application consisting of mixed questions about my background, interests, likes and dislikes. Then all of the mentors and mentees were instructed to break up into groups. I socialized with professional women who have exciting and creative careers. I could not believe that I had the opportunity to meet a woman who works in advertisement at MTV. I also met an author of a cookbook, and spoke with other journalists. I felt as if I entered a world that was never available to me before. I felt lucky. Later, I had the chance to participate in a discussion with women from diverse backgrounds. We discussed values pertaining to the writing field such as respect, creativity, and family. These are values that I cherish, and it was nice to share them with other women who cared. The day ended with a discussion about future events and learning the Girls Write Now Pledge. I was so excited to hear that I will have the chance to attend so many exciting writing workshops and visit places such as Barnard College. I looked at my watch and I could not believe that four hours had passed. I left the building with more confidence then I had when I entered. I also had a huge smile and a good feeling in my heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I originally learned about this organization from a friend who is an active volunteer and have since become a supporter and fan. I’ve also read the anthology of the girls and mentors work which shows off what talented writers are in the program. Not only does Girls Write Now addresses an important need in New York City, but I can see the organization also creates a close and strong community of women, writers and leaders.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended a few workshops and readings presented by girls from Girls Write Now and was amazed by the level of thought and care that went into the programming. I enjoy reading the monthly updates and newsletter which is sent out online. I have met and spoken with some of the Mentors who have given so much time and energy, who have committed to supporting and teaching the girls, and was inspired by their stories and writing. I was also very happy to watch the segment on national television about Girls Write Now. Watching the organization grow and affect so many people has given me a lot of hope for the future generations and the role that women play in the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mentee in the GWN program, it's been the best experience I've had. It's amazing how so much peole have the same interest as I do. It's amazing how a writing program can promote so much enthusiasm towards writing. Well this program has. I've had an amazing time with my mentor who I love very much. I mean why in the world would I give up my time and some Saturdays for 3 of my life that I would never get back to a program I don't like. I wouldn't. So thank you for all GWN has given me.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Girls Write Now since 2006, and from the start was inspired by the effectiveness and the passion of this organization and its volunteers. I have worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector for the past twelve years, and never have I been so impressed with an organization as I have been with Girls Write Now. In the "safe zone" of the writing workshop and one-on-one mentoring relationships, high school girls develop their voices, their confidence, their creativity. They are bold and fearless, and ready to take on the world.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is a phenomenal program that allows young girls to further their writing with professional women writers. What can be better than that? It's helpful, relaxed, fun, and encouraging.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is a small organization that achieves big things. It is organized, inspiring, creative, joyful, smart and fun. I wish I had a community like this when I was a girl--I might not have been so confused about my goals. Everyone works harder, is more dedicated and is better at their jobs (both volunteer and staff) then anyone I've ever met. The girls are vulnerable and strong and watching them grow as writers and women is a privilege. It's all a privilege, one of the best things I've ever been part of.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first-hand how dedicated and ambitious the volunteers of GWN all are. They are constantly striving to improve and create an enriching and challenging program for the young woman they serve. The public readings showcase all the amazingly talented writers GWN nurtures and supports.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is a wonderful program that inspires both the girls it serves and all of its volunteers. Even though I don’t live in New York, I began supporting this organization as soon as I learned about their mission.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who's watched NYC's girls thrive as a direct result of their participation in Girls Write Now, I can't say enough about this organization. It truly gives girls the power to shine.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've always loved writing. As I grew older I began to notice fewer opportunities for young writers in and out of school. The writing programs I did find would usually cost a bit of money for just a handful of classes. So when I came home from my first workshop at Girls Write Now I was ecstatic. My writing was not the only thing that flourished with the help of my mentor and fellow mentees. My self confidence grew and I became more comfortable with sharing my work. I found support and guidance at Girls Write Now and strong women to look up to. GWN is not just about the writing, it's about building relationships and supporting the innovation of my generation.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Write, eat good food, write some more, and go home knowing something new about a new genre of writing. I especially enjoyed the playwriting workshop, because it was relaxed and fun.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new mentor and look forward to meeting my mentee and working with her. So far, Girls Write Now has proved to be a very compassionate organization dedicated to the welfare of all concerns, and to developing the writing potential of the girls. It has well-structured and diverse programs, and a great support team. The staff and volunteers are terrific and the energy and inspiration they exude is infectious.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been shooting the readings and events for this organization for 5 years. It's one of only two organizations that I feel strongly enough, and that the work is valuable enough, that I continually feel inspired to stay involved. When I'm shooting video for them, I'm seeing the results of their work clear as day though the lens of my camera, and how much the experience matters to the girls as they read their stories and poetry.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now! provides young women with dynamic resources, excellent workshops with opportunities to publish, and to read their work aloud. The attention to detail, to leadership, and to the power of writing modeled by Girls Write Now!is vital support for building skills applicable in any field! A Shout Out from Teachers & Writers and Congratulations to every writer!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Girls Write now is one of the most inspiring organizations I know. The services they offer are both professional and nurturing. I have been impressed by the leadership and the volunteers, and feel that this organization deserves the highest accolades.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Last year, I went to a GWN reading. It was truly inspirational to see the relationships and unbounded talent that was cultivated. Both mentors and mentees appear to gain so much from the experience!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Many times it is a necessary bi-product that non-profits become insular and very tight-knit families. Girls Write Now however has achieved the best of both worlds, in one fell swoop they not only purport their support of each other but are also incredibly open and enthusiastic with newcomers and people who are unaffiliated. I had the pleasure of attending a fundraising event that was not only enjoyable but portrayed the spirit of Girls Write Now. I look forward to attending more events and involvement with this incredible non-profit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last year I attended the Winter Reading at Girls Write Now and I was blown away. I did not know what to expect from it, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and the sense of comradery between the mentors and the students. They really seemed like they developed a great relationship with each other and it was nice to see how welcoming the environment was for young writers. I got a sense from the winter reading that Girls Write Now was really accomplishing something notable and good and was creating confident writers out of young woman who might now have had the courage to express themselves otherwise.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of Girls Write Now has been a life changing experience. I like to say that GWN is the one part of my life that keeps me grounded - that makes me feel like I am really giving something back to the community I grew up in. I have always been passionate about writing, and it is incredibly rewarding to be surrounded by so many talented women and girls who share that passion. As much as my role as a mentor is about providing guidance, support and inspiration to my "mentee," I have to say I learn just as much - if not more - from her as she does from me. It is one of the most cherished relationships in my life. I am so proud to be a part of a local organization that serves local girls. Too often, students in the New York City public school system do not get the attention or education they need to thrive as adults. That's where GWN comes in. It's a fantastic forum in which these amazingly talented girls can find and share their voices. I truly hope that we can expand our resources and establish places for all applicants who apply to the program. I think everyone who wants to should have the opportunity to be a part of this organization. I simply cannot imagine my life without Girls Write Now.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new mentor with Girls Write Now. At orientation, which was the first time we met the mentees, I could already see how the program enriches both the girls' and the mentors' lives through a supportive, enthusiastic writing community. I am so excited to jump in and get started!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish I'd been a part of something like this growing up myself. It's absolutely incredible, and I hope to get more and more involved! Great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to three Girl's Write Now readings and each time I'm more impressed with the caliber of both the girls and mentors. It's not simply the writing that these young women present, it's the passion that their mentor's have instilled in them, which is clearly evident by their desire to get up in front of an audience and share their work. The bond that these mentors and mentees form speaks volumes about the environment GWN fosters and the careful attention it pays to mentor/mentee pairings. I look forward to more readings!

8 Girls Write N

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Girls Write Now for eight years before transitioning to a board role and paid position. I could not be more passionate about our mission and the community we serve. As I have helped grow the organization, the incredible writers I have worked with--women who are ages 13-81 and originally from countries around the globe--have helped me grow as a writer, leader, and friend. Thank you Girls Write Now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 4 years through High School I have been a mentee in this program. The program has helped me improve greatly as a writer as well as get a better view on what I want to do with my future. The many mentors there not only opened my eyes to the many different jobs available to writers but also cleared up areas that I didn't know about and helped me see a more realistic view on what I can do later on down the line. I don't really know how the program can get better. All I know is that it's helped me so much. My resume is bangin' because of them so nothing but love here from me. =]

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Donor

Rating: 5

Throughout the years I have watched this organization develop and thrive, and I have personally met a few of the mentees. I went with a small group from GirlsWriteNow to a fundraising event in New Jersey about 2 years ago, and was really impressed by one of the mentees, a young woman named Rashri, who seems to have found her voice within the program and uses it with strength and confidence. I have gone to a number of workshops and always enjoy the enthusiasm and creativity displayed there.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being with Girls Write Now has helped me tremendously. While I do spend a lot of time in the office, just being at the workshops and being around all of these accomplished people has really been very inspiring for me and has helped me create and achieve goals I would have never even dreamed of pursuing before my time at GWN.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended the events where the wonderful high school girls get to read the work that they have produced with their mentors. The girls were terrific and the mentors, who are all professional writers volunteering their time are like proud family members. Kudos to an organization who recognizes that there is untapped talent in our NYC high school woman.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first year I've been involved with Girls Write Now, and I honestly had more fun at their orientation than I thought I would. I was there for 5 hours and never got bored. It was really enjoyable and everyone was so friendly. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer intern at GWN and am still in touch with the organization. In my opinion, it is one of the most invaluable organizations that has been created for young women worldwide. The warmth and sense of belonging that is shared among its members is a large part of what "making a difference" is about. GWN goes beyond just words: it sets goals and accomplishes them, it looks you in the eye and says, "Go ahead, we're right behind you."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now has changed my life. I've found a home with a community of women writers that inspires me all the time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gina doesn't have anywhere to write. She sleeps on the sofa in the living room of her Mom's noisy apartment in the Bronx. Late at night, Gina expresses her deepest feelings in a notebook she hides under the sofa. Sometimes her feelings come out in raging poems, sometimes terrifically imaginative stories. If Gina's lucky her high school English teacher will notice, and wish she could devote time to guiding the development this talented girl. If they're both lucky, Girls Write Now will be there. Fact: GWN is the only creative writing program in existence where talented teen girls are mentored one-on-one by professional women writers. Working together every week through the school year, these mentee/mentor teams soar. Despite widely varying life experiences, they have one thing in common: they are writers. And Girls Write Now is the place they love to be.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every minute I spend with Girls Write Now is inspiring and invigorating. The girls are smart and wise, the women are open-minded and encouraging. The rest of the world should be so fabulous.

4

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Girls Write Now consistently from 8/2006 - 6/2009, and my experiences with them have always been inspiring, fun, exciting, thought-provoking and life-affirming. It's an amazing core of people that work hard to choose committed, dynamic mentors and brilliant young girls. I really look forward to working with them again!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to GWN by a writer friend who is also a mentor. Its a simple but powerful idea. Introduce young women to their own power by letting them find it in writing. What makes GWN amazing is that they execute on this idea perfectly. I have been to the readings where the young writers are given an audience and a forum. These are deeply moving and life changing events for anyone in the room. Support this org! Support this org!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company jumped at the chance to collaborate with Girls Write Now on a pro bono public relations & marketing project. We fell in love with their mission from day one and our appreciation for the work they do still grows. It's exciting to be a part of an organization that makes such a tangible difference in NYC girls' lives. Can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for this exciting nonprofit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to one of Girls Write Now, Inc. events and I was totally blown away. It was such an inspiring and invigorating experience to watch these teen girls open themselves up to the audience so eloquently and honestly. It really made me really happy to know that there are organizations like this one out there. It was extremely well organized. They had two women within the writing field speak about their experiences and I found them to relevant and well-chosen. All around a wonderful experience.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a mentor with Girls Write Now last year. I was beyond impressed with the organization from day one. I have worked in and with educational non-profits for the past five years and I have never seen one so efficiently run. The level of organization, commitment, and enthusiasm in everyone who is a part of GWN is inspiring! They really do provide an amazing service to NYC's high school girls. My mentee grew so much as a writer and young woman in nine months--I'm thrilled that I was able to be a part of it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my fourth year as a mentee at GWN. It has completely changed my life in both implicit and explicit ways. I have become a noticeably better writer through workshops, but especially through the relationship I have built with my wonderful mentor who shares her talent and passion with me. In terms of my life, GWN has heightened my exposure to diversity and the ways in which I exist in this world as a member of a writing community that is representative of a global community. I love this program with all my heart and I am so grateful for what it has given to me and how I have seen it give to others.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in the program before I became an intern and volunteer. As one of the girls, I was amazed at how well everything was organized and how welcoming the community was. It was very different form high school. Here, I was able to receive personal attention to enhance my writing. Writing with strong professional writers and talented young girls was one of the best experiences of my life. I was lucky enough to intern and then become a volunteer for Girls Write Now. Everyone works very hard to make things happen. I was amazed at all the hard work and effort it takes to get things together. I was able to meet and work with successful women and many have inspired me to pursue my dreams of writing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an impressive, important organization! I was moved to become a recurring donor after I learned of Girls Write Now and their mission of teaching life lessons through creative writing. Showing these girls stability, friendship, and allowing them the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of self is a priceless contribution that will have lasting impact on their lives. BRAVO GWN!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is not only a community but a force. They are a dedicated and passionate organization. Without their sense of community and desire to give girls the space to write, I don't know what type of writer I would be today. Like many public high schools, my school did not teach creative writing. Girls Right Now introduced me to a group of serious, professional writers. Their organization helped me feel less isolated in my high school. Girls Write Now introduced me to the poet, Zaedryn Meade. She tirelessly encouraged me to write. Without Girls Write Now and the great support they offered, I would never have met her. We've been friends since!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am constantly inspired and amazed by the staff and volunteers that make up Girls Write Now. When I began my internship with Girls Write Now, I was a recent college graduate and new to New York City. I knew I wanted to become involved with non-profits and was directed to Girls Write Now by a former mentor and friend. As soon as I became involved with the organization, I realized I had stumbled upon a truly unique community, one that I wanted to stay part of and one that I wanted to dedicate my time to. All of the leadership works tirelessly to create a challenging and supportive space for the mentees to explore their writing. The unyielding passion of all of the staff and volunteers for this mission shows through in the growth of the organization since it’s inception twelve years ago, the numerous awards GWN has earned, and the success, both in life and writing, of the girls who graduate from the program. I’ve also been particularly impressed with how GWN welcomes and empowers its new members while also supporting long-term volunteers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I'm a published novelist and a professor of English and creative writing at a university just outside NYC, so I'd heard about Girls Write Now and its mentoring work. Having attended one of its events, I can vouch for the quality of the writing of the young women who are mentored through this organization. The professionalism of the event I attended, the evident enthusiasm of its leaders, and the liveliness I experienced that afternoon made me an instant and confirmed fan of GWN. This is a nonprofit attuned to the needs, contexts, and challenges of young women--and it knows how to find the right people to make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer for GWN for the last 5 years and never ceased to be amazed at the quality, carefulness and rigor of both the mentoring program and the monthly workshops -- the curricula for which is renewed each year. Their retention and college acceptance rates are about the highest I've seen in my personal career as a development professional working with youth organizations -- and the enthusiasm and concrete commitment of their volunteers AND staff is really unparalleled.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer intern at GWN for seven months before coming on board as the second full time staff member. Upon joining the organization as an intern, I immediately felt connected to the whole GWN community. I really feel that the community aspect of GWN is something that sets us apart from other mentoring organizations. I worked intimately with our amazing and inspiring group of mentors and mentees and was encouraged to involve myself in all aspects of the community and running of the organization. As an intern, I gained invaluable experience and knowledge about the workings of a nonprofit, and quickly decided that this was the field I wanted to work in. I've also had the opportunity to work with talented and brilliant women who have supported, encouraged, and challenged me, effecting my own growth as much as that of the teen girls we work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Girls Write Now!!! I joined as a mentor four years ago and am currently a program volunteer. Our girls are strong and sassy and special. Supporting their growth into healthy young women and helping them develop their literary voices has made my life richer. I love our community and take every opportunity to spread the word.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a consultant with Girls Write Now for the past 3 years, providing support in the area of psychological counseling. Each year the mentors and mentees fill out a questionnaire about their experience in the program. It gives me a good idea of the relationships that have been established between professional female writers and the young female writers from under-served communities. Each year I have been impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm for the writing they are doing and the unique relationships they are forging. More than just teachers, the mentors at 'Girls Write Now' often fill the role of big sister, therapist, surrogate parent and best friend. For young teens from struggling backgrounds who are navigating the NYC public school system towards college the support and guidance provided by GWN is invaluable.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about this organization! I was a mentor with Girls Write Now for seven years and am now on the Program Committee. I was paired with five wonderful mentees over that time and every one of them taught me something too and inspired me. The girls in this program are so motivated, talented, bold, and creative. And they get so much out of the program -- from the personal guidance from a professional writer to the group writing workshops, to the public readings. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of this community and help these young writers find their voices and grow. The mentors gain so much as well! I am always inspired and proud when I see our mentees read their works on stage at our annual reading. Throughout the course of a season, they all learn so much and really come into their own. Every year is more special and impressive than the last!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The creative nurturing and confidence that Girls Write Now brings to female writers, both girls and women, is invaluable. From the organizations administrators to the mentors to the mentees, this is a group of outstanding women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is an incredibly supportive and creative community that always inspires me and makes me feel welcome. As an intern, I met interesting and talented women and girls. As a new mentor, I loved learning about writing exercise ideas at the mentor training, and am excited to meet my new mentee! I am sure Girls Write Now will continue to grow and thrive.