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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Girls Clubs, Printing & Publishing

Mission: WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes critical thinking, creativity and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

Results: •100% of participating seniors not only graduate from high school but also enroll in college, through guidance from WriteGirl mentors. •Some of most creative institutions in Los Angeles host our workshops every month, such as: MOCA, The Huntington Library, & The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. •WriteGirl went to the White House to receive the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to such programs.

Target demographics: at-risk teen girls, ages 13 - 18

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350

Geographic areas served: downtown Los Angeles

Programs: one-on-one mentoring with professional women writers, creative writing workshops, publications and special events, college preparation and guidance

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is impressive at every level. They have a clear mission that they convey clearly to their volunteers and the girls they serve. WG has a unique culture of friendly, encouraging mentorship that permeates all their programs between authors and the girls. They invest time and training in their volunteers and the end result is a super experience for everyone involved, especially the girls. They are tracking and documenting the bigger impacts of their work in addition to the 100% rate of their girls getting into college.

Nicole Mairose D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though it's my first season with WriteGirl, the organization has been phenomenal! You can customize your volunteer experience based on your availability. The volunteer orientations have been engaging, thorough, informative, and eye-opening. The staff is extremely supportive of their mentees and mentors. They provide clear instructions for onboarding and helpful guides to be an effective mentor. I also appreciate that they formed their IDEA committee to further prioritize mentees' needs. I'm so excited to volunteer with them! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an honor to be a part of the WriteGirl community. Their mission to promote creativity and critical thinking to empower teens is one close to my heart. I wish I had access to something like this when I was growing up, and that's the feeling the inspired me to give back, too. I can't speak highly enough of how well run WriteGirl is. The team is full of life and joy, they have literally the most professional and engaging Zoom sessions I have ever been in, and the number of alumni who come back to speak about their positive experience of being WriteGirl mentees speaks volumes about how supportive and engaging the community really is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with WriteGirl for the past year, and I am astounded by how engaged they are with their teens. The dedication the team has to helping teen girls use their voices is incredible. They run amazing, unique events, even remotely during a pandemic. The girls are all engaged, inspired, and so so smart. It's a great org to donate to!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is an amazing organization and I am so happy to be a part of it! Each event blows me away in terms of how creative, fun, and inspiring the workshops and activities are. Even now that the events are virtual, they are still extremely professional and very well put together. My mentee is unbelievably talented, and really I think she should be mentoring me! It's interesting -- I became a mentor because I wanted to help others, but this organization has ended up helping me immensely.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This book explodes with talent. Get ready to be inspired!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined WriteGirl in September 2018, and instantly found a community of hard-working, dedicated women eager to support each other and the next generation of teen girls. The events and workplace dynamics are constant creativity and energy. All ideas are welcome and the WriteGirl leadership is always open to discussing ways to keep the WriteGirl momentum going. There's so much work involved but the WriteGirl team makes things look effortless and fun. I feel fortunate to be part of this group.

Micheline A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish Write Girl had been around when I was in school! Such a great mission, great program, mentors (and mentees) and great results. You can’t beat that.

Rahne K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization, I wish I had something like this when I was younger. Also, 100% college acceptance for their mentees is nothing to sneeze at! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl has not only allowed me to give back, but it has brought so much to my life. Between monthly workshops and a more permanent mentorship with underserved high school girls, WriteGirl creates amazing relationships through writing and mentoring. All of the girls end up going to college and rave about how WriteGirl has inspired and helped them to get there. Amazing organization with great people who really care about the cause!

Marcella T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl provides a safe and empowering space for teen girls to express themselves and connect with others. It also provides a fun and educational way for both the teens and the volunteers to explore Los Angeles, discover new genres of writing and dream about the places a career in writing can take them. I have volunteered with this organization for several years now and am constantly impressed and inspired by the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with WriteGirl, attending their monthly writing workshops, and seeing firsthand the organization's impact on teens has been a tremendously rewarding experience for me. It is incredible to see what a difference it makes for girls to be given a safe space, both at the workshops and in weekly mentoring sessions, to express themselves and to have confidence in their unique ideas and the perspectives they bring. Watching them blossom, share their work, and take pride in speaking out is such a joy. Additionally, it has been transformative for me to be a part of such a supportive, welcoming community of writers and artists. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

Mrs. J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved with WriteGirl has been such a rewarding experience, on so many levels. Selfishly, I am endlessly impressed and inspired by this next generation of young women and girls. They give me so much hope! It's a privilege to get to know them. The work we do as mentors is deeply gratifying. I continue to learn so much as a writer, not just because WriteGirl spans genres but because we are ALL learning from each other ALL THE TIME. It is not just top-down; it is mutual. And the people behind the organization itself are amazing -- tireless, full of energy, positive, effective. They teach me how to get stuff done every time I am involved.

Eileen M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is a truly unique organization in that it focuses on empowering individuals. Specifically, impressionable young women who are at a critical time in their lives–a time which, with the right support and encouragement, can launch them on a successful life path. WriteGirl provides that support in helping these young women realize their God-given potential and how to express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl offers a very well-organized volunteer experience and creates a safe environment for girls to express themselves.

Lindsay M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with WriteGirl has been the most impactful volunteering experience of my life. It's incredible to see firsthand how their programming and mentors transform the girls they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of WriteGirl as a mentor and Communications Team member for 6 years has been very impactful and rewarding to me! The organization is dedicated to supporting teen girls and boys by encouraging them to write and value self expression. WriteGirl’s attention to detail with workshops, events and programming is evident in every way, and I’m grateful to be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is such an asset to the young girls involved, and the way the mentors inspire, help create, encourage and empower these girls is amazing. There are so many different facets of the organization, that it seems to help from all angles. From improving self esteem, to education, to basic knowledge about the writing field, the girls probably can not expect the immense effect working with a mentor will have on their life. The organization's many success stories and goals for the future are very inspiring, and encouraged me to get involved and work with the girls in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working as a workshop volunteer with WriteGirl for several years. It is an all-around fantastic organization that runs on positivity, support, collaboration, and creativity. WriteGirl is a place where young women come to be themselves, explore their creative outlets, build confidence, and have fun! The staff are friendly and hard-working, and the community of mentors/volunteers are passionate about the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl does sooo much good for the community, both for the girls and the mentors! I've loved my time volunteering with them and seeing the confidence built in the teens. So cool!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is a well of inspiration for everyone who participates. I've been working with WriteGirl for over a year now and every time I leave an event I feel a sense of accomplishment & hope. I've not only gotten the chance to see LA teens develop their unique voice, I've also witnessed myself becoming a better, more interesting artist. WriteGirl is elevating girls & women to become the creative leaders of the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is an amazing organization that empowers teens through creative writing. WriteGirl offers inspiring, completely free, workshops for teens every month. Their one-on-one mentoring helps girls develop their writing skills and confidence!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working as a mentor for three seasons now and am constantly blown away by the care, creativity, and management of this nonprofit. The group has at least three dimensions—monthly genre-specific workshops, weekly one-on-one mentorships, and college prep. Each volunteer is encouraged to work behind the scenes as well, be it on curriculum development, publicity, mentee outreach, and a handful of other high-value teams. My team, curriculum/workshop development, spends much of our time coming up with fresh ideas for workshops (we never repeat an activity!), and ALL of our time thinking about how girls can benefit from the material—keeping the work positive, fun, engaging, and creatively compelling. The girls/mentees can speak to the value of the work—I will speak to the value of the program to mentors themselves. I cannot do a lick of work for this organization without higher-level executive managers tripping over themselves to thank me, effusively, for my help, even leaving volunteers with food, drink, and gifts! Typical volunteers don't do work for the thank you or the pat on the back, but it sure is nice to know that you are appreciated. What's more, the volunteers—all accomplished female writers from every genre (fiction, poetry, screenwriting, memoir, journalism, songwriting)—are supportive of one another, providing mentoring advice, friendship, and even writing advice and job leads. The volunteer workload is as heavy or light as you want it to be, and there's always a "please" and a heartfelt "thank you" attending every request. The group is also run absolutely METICULOUSLY, with every "I" dotted and every "T" crossed—never, ever, have I ever left a meeting thinking that things could be done better in any way, big or small. With that said, management is always more than open—and always asking—for ideas to lift its game, which is already operating at the highest levels. Finally, I can't say enough about this group's positivity. No matter how busy I might be with my own writing and family obligations, I find myself uplifted and inspired after leaving a WriteGirl meeting or workshop. Volunteering for this group is like meditation or exercise—it's an absolute necessity for my spirit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined WriteGirl when I was 16, at a time when I didn't feel very inspired to write anything, even though I've loved writing all my life. Once I shared my work at WriteGirl and got a weekly mentor, I saw my creativity soar and I felt like I had something to contribute to the world with my words. A professional journalist complimented my piece and my writing, and this moment as well as the organization as a whole, motivated me to follow through on being a journalist and author. I am currently an editor for my college's campus newspaper and I'm excited for my future writing career. I have WriteGirl to thank for that, because they help girls see that their words are important and can impact the world. it was a great two years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a mentee in the organization a couple years ago and it was an amazing opportunity for me as a high school student. I got to come out of my comfort zone, and while enjoying creative writing. I had the opportunity to be paired up with a mentor who helped me with my writing and applying to colleges. Now, as a college intern, I get to experience the organization from a different perspective. This organization works hard to provide amazing opportunities for young girls. I enjoy my time at WriteGirl.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with WriteGirl for two years, first as a mentee and now also as an intern. I'm so glad I joined! WriteGirl has helped me gain confidence and improve my writing skills. They've made such a great community of female writers and I am thankful to be a part of it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started WriteGirl in October 2015 and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world! I've learned so many things and I even got to learn how to write songs and poetry and how to have more confidence in myself and my life. And they even gave me a mentor, whom I adore! The best part about WriteGirl is how it's basically a safe space for girls who aspire to be creators of their own universes and who dare to dream. They even provide college support and internships too. If there's one thing teaches you it's to never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was 13 when I joined WriteGirl, and my first workshop was eye-opening! It was a songwriting workshop and it was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere is just so positive and supportive!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I joined WriteGirl I was 14 years old and I didn't know other people loved writing as much as I do. Even though not every mentee at WriteGirl wants to be a writer, they all have a passion for writing and are innately creative people. Being able to have see a room full of women who want to lift each other up, who want to inspire each other, who are really happy to be there. The dedicated spirit and life skills that WriteGirl provides all of their mentees is phenomenal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is an amazing program that I am thankful to be a part of. WriteGirl has made me more confident in myself and in my writing! Thank you, WriteGirl.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl promotes positivity and creativity to help me pursue my dreams of being a screenwriter. In this safe atmosphere, I'm surrounded by talented and reliable women who push me to challenge myself on a daily basis. WriteGirl has taught me invaluable skills and life lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a WriteGirl mentee changed my life! I joined WriteGirl when I was 14, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was a shy , awkward teenager who hid behind my books and writing. Unwilling to socialize and share my writing in fear of judgment but WriteGirl changed that! Now I'm a published author and college student, who has participated in social and political marches because I now realize that my voice matters and deserves to be heard! Joining WriteGirl gave me the confidence to share my writing, empowered me to make friends and stand up for what I believe in! WriteGirl has taught me to live my life by the ABCs: Adventure, Bravery, Courage. Every girl should be a WriteGirl! WriteGirl is so much more than a writing program, it's a community of women empowering teen girls to change the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with WriteGirl for over 2 years now and really love it! The girls are so inspiring, even when I show up to events feeling drained, I walk away with more energy. The organization's emphasis on positivity and our responsibility to the girls we mentor has helped shape my own trajectory along adulthood. They've delivered fantastic results for the community they serve as well: 100% of their girls go to college, which is amazing considering many of those girls are from underserved communities. They have a specific education team that helps the girls prepare their college applications, as well as find financial aid opportunities. Hands-down the most impactful charity I've come across at this level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is an amazing organization that helps teen girls with their writing skills in fun and engaging ways with the assistance of amazingly talented mentors. The college entrance rate for their mentees is incredibly high which shows that they are doing something right! Volunteering with them is a pleasure and I truly believe this organization is preparing these girls to do big things in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with WriteGirl for the first time last year. I knew that WriteGirl was a special nonprofit, but I didn't expect to have so much fun and see such a fountain of creativity come from the mentors and mentees. I felt like I was in a secret club, a safe place where girls could be themselves and were encouraged to write their hearts out. The WriteGirl events left me feeling awed and inspired and feeling hopeful for our future generations of women writers. I only wish that I could've had exposure to a guiding force as wonderful as WriteGirl when I was a teenage girl!

lizriz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About to start my fifth year as a WriteGirl mentor! What I love about WriteGirl is how wonderfully win-win it all is. As a writer, I am so inspired by the young women we mentor. It is so gratifying to see them find their voice and their confidence, see them gain invaluable writing and communication skills, see them go to college, and then see them change the world. And WriteGirl has inspired and focused my own writing. I am honored and blessed to be a part of an amazing and productive WriteGirl community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only is Write Girl an amazing organization for the teenage girls who participate, it has provided me with an incredible, diverse network of female friends! I feel just as supported as a volunteer as the girls are. It is a great opportunity to connect with fellow writers, creatives, and uplifters. The girls blow you away with their writing at every workshop and the sense of community is strong, unified, and courageous. This is a great non-profit to support in each and every way!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've interned at WriteGirl for two summers now and it has been nothing short of a great experience! I learn new things every day and the staff in the office is always available to help me and guide me in the right direction. WriteGirl has taught me a lot about writing, nonprofits and most importantly, about myself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a mentor for three years and it has been a phenomenal experience! When I first met my mentee, she was really shy and refused to read her work in front of a crowd. She wanted to become a political reporter, but she had been told that is a job for a man. As a former journalist myself, I helped her to see that she has the talent and drive to do whatever she wants. She is now a freshman at an Ivy League school studying political science. It's incredible to witness the transformation. I can't imagine anything more rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is a truly fantastic and valuable non-profit enriching the lives of teenage girls. It is such a pleasure to be a small part of the process and get to work with such passionate and wonderful people who are dedicated to helping these girls achieve fantastic results, nurturing their creativity and helping them make their way to college. Fantastic!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm privileged to volunteer for this organization. I get to hang out with a group of really bright, talented women and mentor teen-aged girls through creative writing. Then they all go to college. All of them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization works wonders in its simplicity and straightforward approach to building confidence in teen girls -- Remind them that they matter. Ask them what they think and what they care about. Help them to express themselves their own way, in their own words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The only thing more inspiring than WriteGirl, the organization, is the girls themselves. They are not only finding their individual voices, they are doing so with thought and depth. WriteGirl provides weekly mentors and monthly workshops exploring all genres of writing (Poetry! Memoir! Fiction! Songwriting!) and the girls give it all they've got. When a dozen girls share their work at the end of the workshop, the women and girls laugh and cry and clap and provide feedback and encourage.

Not to mention, every single senior involved in the core program has gone to college!! These girls are nurtured and helped every step of the way.

From Keren Taylor, the founder of WriteGirl, through her remarkable staff, to the volunteers and teens, there is a wonderful aura of positivity and warmth. WriteGirl celebrates the joy of writing and girl power!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a mentee and WriteGirl is amazing! They gave me the confidence to share my writing with others. I know I truly have a voice because of this program. They also ensure that their mentees get into college and are always helpful along the college application process.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a WriteGirl volunteer for two years and it's a wonderful organization to work with and I would highly encourage anyone looking for meaningful volunteer work to get involved. The organization as a whole is very welcoming and appreciative of the efforts of volunteers, and it's very rewarding to work with teenage girls along with a network of women volunteers who care about their community, education, and writing. Self-expression, confidence, and improved education outcomes are the results I've seen in my involvement with WriteGirl.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with WriteGirl since January of this year, and my expectations for the program have been met and then some. Every person on the WriteGirl staff is exceptional--truly great women making a difference in young girls' lives by building confidence and broadening their scope of what is possible to achieve professionally and otherwise--and the girls are beyond inspiring to work with at the monthly writing workshops WriteGirl organizes at some of the best possible locations throughout Los Angeles, including the beautiful Huntington Gardens. As the WriteGirl slogan goes: "Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an active member of WriteGirl for three years as a mentee, intern, and youth representative. My experience at WriteGirl has been an uplifting and wonderful one, one where my creativity and confidence grew and flourished. I received so much support from my mentor and the staff of WriteGirl who gave me aid not only with my writing pieces but with my applications to college. My mentor, Katie, and the WriteGirl college coordinator, Allison Deegan, read and re-read each college supplement and helped me each step of the way. Now, thanks to WriteGirl, I will be heading off to an ivy-league university this coming fall. I highly recommend this nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was once a WriteGirl mentee, and I am now a volunteer with the communications team. It's great to be on the other side and see how much WriteGirl has expanded its programs and is reaching more teens. I did well in high school, but I was painfully shy. Doing public readings and one-on-one creative writing with my mentor gave me the confidence to seek opportunities outside of school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So, full disclosure--I was recently lucky enough to be brought onto WriteGirl's staff as a full-time Events & Membership Manager. BUT, prior to this, I was a WriteGirl volunteer for three years, and my experience was always incredibly positive. Not only do you get to volunteer with some really great women (many of them writers, too!), but you get to impact the lives of teen girls in a city where the dropout rate is about 44%. I was a weekly mentor, and I watched my mentee grow from a shy, underserved student into a confident, ambitious young woman who is now poised to graduate college (the first in her family to do so) with a degree in Education.

WriteGirl's work consists of hosting monthly creative writing workshops, pairing mentees and mentors who meet once a week for more individual support, and guiding our mentees through the college admissions and grant/scholarship/financial aid application processes. We also have an In-Schools Program for pregnant and parenting teens, as well as incarcerated teens whose access to education and vital emotional support is often quite limited.

WriteGirl helps young women find their voices, and gives them a safe space where they are continuously encouraged to explore, to claim ownership of their ideas, and to value themselves as people who can and should be heard. In a world where women are still fighting for equality across the spectrum, WriteGirl's work is critical, and the impact is readily apparent: 100% of our Core Program mentees not only graduate high school, but continue their education in college.

If you want to learn more about us, please visit our website at www.writegirl.org!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been a WriteGirl volunteer for a little bit over a year now and it's been an amazing experience. The staff are extremely dedicated to their mission of empowering teenage girls through writing workshops. Volunteers can work with an individual mentee on a regular basis or at large-scale workshops on a monthly basis. Volunteers have the opportunity to also strengthen skills, be it in fundraising, publicity or putting together an education curriculum. I would definitely recommend anyone out there who loves writing and working with youth to check out WriteGirl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a WriteGirl volunteer for a year and I am continuously amazed at the transformation I see in the girls when they begin discovering their writing potential. WriteGirl gives girls a safe place, free from judgment, where they can explore their voice. They notice what it is they really want to say and the mentors give them the guidance and confidence to say it. There's nothing like seeing a young girl beam with pride after sharing her story on stage.

I've also been mentoring a girl on a weekly basis and it is always rewarding. I've helped her discover all the great things she's capable of doing, and now I'm helping her plan for college. Her courage and perseverance inspire me every week. I think WriteGirl is a powerful example of what can be achieved when women work together and encourage each other.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first days I joined WriteGirl I witnessed the amount of help this organization provides to the young girls of Los Angeles. As the girls learn to express themselves, without apology, the volunteers are inspired by them in return. WriteGirl is a testament to the wonderful and powerful effect writing and women have together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl goes to the heart of young girls and gives them the confidence to raise their voices through creative writing. I have worked with WriteGirl for three years and am always surprised and incredibly proud of the stories and song and plays and poems that the girls of WriteGirl create. From the beginning of each season to the end in the Spring you see these girls stand taller, speak louder and add boldness and honesty to their writing. I would say in my three years working with the girls, I learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me! WriteGirl is a gift, and I am envious that it didn't exist when I was a teen and thrilled that it exists now and that I am a part of it!

lisabeebe

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and mentor with WriteGirl for about five years. The first two girls I mentored are now off at college, and I'm now working with a high school sophomore. WriteGirl has shown me how empowering it is for a teenage girl to find her voice and express herself. I wish this program had existed when I was a teen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriteGirl is a constant surprise and delight. The girls in the program are adorable, beyond talented, and inspiring. Sometimes it's a struggle to make it to a workshop, but I ALWAYS leave feeling uplifted and energized. I call it the gym for your soul!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of WriteGirl has changed my life. I have gotten so much joy from my work with the girls, and my own writing has improved as a side effect. WriteGirl is about so much more than writing. It's about empowering girls to express themselves. It's incredibly satisfying to watch the girls grow through the program year to year. We also help them with their college applications, so WriteGirl really does have a profound influence on these girls during their high school years and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with WriteGirl last year and I absolutely love it! The organization and the founder Keren Taylor are so inspirational. She really sets the tone for the work the volunteers do.

After my initial training, I volunteered at the monthly writing workshops, usually working with 2-3 girls at a time and guiding them through writing activities and prompts on the genre-of-the-month, which ranged from journalism to character & scene writing to poetry. Even though I'm not a poet, the WriteGirl structure made it accessible to me and the girls.

I also mentored a girl one-on-one throughout the year, meeting her once a week. Working with her on a regular basis was one of the most rewarding aspects of my volunteer year. Seeing the confidence she developed to express her thoughts and own her voice was powerful and inspiring.

I definitely recommend volunteering for WriteGirl - it's so fun and fulfilling!