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Girls Write Now, Inc.

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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

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new mentor with Girls Write Now this year... After an engaging orientation program last week, I'm eager to start working with such intelligent and creative women to help cultivate teenage girls' love of writing. The orientation program was extremely well organized. I can only imagine what the rest of the year will offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with GWN for three years (two as a mentor), and it has been one the most fulfilling experiences. The group of mentors and mentees is more impressive every year, and I am inspired by the girls, who are talented and driven, to become a better writer and a better person. The pair sessions are great ways to nurture the pair relationship while working on writing and overall issues that the girls face (college, self-esteem, etc), and the monthly workshops bring together all of the pairs (I challenge anyone to say they are not inspired after these). Not only are we helping girls, but we are creating a community for like-minded ladies to come together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mentor Training was an amazing experience, and if it is any indication of the rest of the year, I'm thrilled beyond measure. I went home and read all of the mentor and staff bios from our Training Handbook and was absolutely blown away by the talent, commitment, and dedication of each and every woman involved. I am honoured and humbled to be part of such a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a mentor at Girls Write Now, and I have to say that getting involved with GWN is hands-down one of the best, most rewarding experiences of my life. To see these young girls begin to find their own voice and develop strong senses of self is amazing. Go GWN!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished my mentor training for Girls Write Now. Every woman I met was incredibly inspiring and thrilled to be part of this group. I can't wait to get started this season!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a third-year volunteer mentor with Girls Write Now and this organization is so wonderful that I see no end in sight. I still keep in touch with my previous mentee, even though she is away at a top-notch college. I'm so proud of her and the work we did in Girls Write Now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just went through training as a mentor with Girls Write Now, and I was blown away. This is clearly an extraordinary organization -- they are well-organized, passionate, persistent, and engaged in work that has the power to transform the lives of everyone lucky enough to be involved with them. The training session was comprehensive, insightful, professional and entirely inspiring. I'm looking forward eagerly to the coming year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the universe of non-profit youth programs, GWN is a sensation. Its singular mission, highly efficient structure, and thoughtful/ambitious calendar are a model for any organization. After one year of volunteering, I feel such a powerful commitment to GWN -- not just to my awesome mentee but to the whole group & organization. This non-profit makes public service an empowering and invigorating experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the oragnization that I wanted/needed as a girl--we are all lucky to have found it. The level of excellence is so high--from the workshops to the special events to the annual anthology. The readings never fail to make me laugh and cry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this organization's power to transform everyone who comes into contact with it: whether it's an audience member inspired by a girl's confidence, poise, and creativity at a reading; a mentor who's invigorated by working one-to-one with a teen girl and by connecting to her own craft and to the wider community of women writers; or one of our brave, bold, mentees, who are getting a glimpse of and taking a stake in their own future as women whose words impact every aspect of our world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GWN is an incredible resource to the girls of NYC. Through this organization, I got to work closely with my mentee, participate in outstanding writing workshops organized by my fellow mentors, and become part of an incredible community of talented and dedicated writers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The committment and energy that the mentees, the mentors, and the volunteers (not to mention the completely dedicate staff) put in to this organization seems endless. I have been a volunteer for two years, and I've met phenomenal writers with voices that sing! It is a well organized and run group with love and dedication at the center of all that is done together as a community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first day of orientation to the last reading, I've been impressed by not only the quality of the writing in this group of inspiring young women and mentors, but by the quality of the people. The sense of support extends beyond the mentor/mentee duos and into the group as a whole; I've made several new friends among the volunteers, and, as with any well-run organization, gotten just as much back from my participation as I've gotten (if not more so).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very pleased to be associated with GWN because of the awesome work they do. Their accomplishments and value to society is evident in the quality of young girls that participate and graduate the program. When I first came across the organization, I was impressed by their noble cause and creative (and effective) methods but their true impact was impressed upon me at the first Reading I volunteered at in the Spring. I was completely blown away by the confidence and talent that the organization had helped to bring to the surface in the diverse readers. I was equally amazed at the synergy between the mentors/mentees despite their vast differences. Keep on keeping on, GWN!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GWN is a group of caring individuals with tremendous passion for helping girls succeed. I have worked with this organization for a number of years as a volunteer and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the writing curriculum, the capacity of the staff and board members and their commitment to building up an infrastructure for the sustainability of this effective program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now has given me the opportunity to work with young ladies who have an expressed interest in writing. Their enthusiasm and passion for the written word has reinvigorated my own love of text and prose, what power it holds and effect it has on people. Watching these young ladies grow and develop of one or more school years is exciting and rewarding to me personally, and I believe for our extended community as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I jumped at the chance to be part of this organization as soon as I discovered it, and it has far exceeded my expectations. There is no other organization that does what Girls Write Now does: creates a community based on a shared love of writing between established, adult women and teenage girls who don't have many other outlets. In my years as a mentor, I've watched girls blossom as a result of the professional yet candid and friendly relationships we form; & I've seen girls produce creative works that rival many published pieces. Girls Write Now started as a brilliant, one-of-a-kind idea, and it's been executed so well it's now a part of the fabric of New York City.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GirlsWriteNow is one of those extraordinary organizations that truly transforms the lives of the inner city girls it serves. As an Advisory Board member for the past year, I have witnessed the vibrant dedication of a network of professional women building bridges for promising girls all the way to college and beyond. Public multimedia events hosted by GirlsWriteNow always inspire girls, their families, and professionals in the fields of wordsmithing. The small hardworking staff provides for girls far past the 9-5.