Girls Write Now

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What it’s all about: If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a writer, you know it can seem like a daunting goal.  While writing itself is a solo process, becoming a writer takes support, mentorship, and community. That’s what “Girls Write Now” is all about.

Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now provides mentorship and a writing community for at-risk and underserved populations of young women in New York City area. It’s the first organization of its kind—focusing solely on girls, writing, and the power of mentoring.

As stated on their website, the mission of Girls Write Now is: “…to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.”

At the start of the school year, each teen mentee is paired with a professional woman writer who serves as her mentor. Once they’re matched, each pair meets weekly. They attend readings, plays, and various cultural events, and of course, they write. They write and edit stories, essays, poems, and plays based on their shared experiences. At the end of the year, each mentor helps her mentee edit a portfolio, and submit it for publication.

Since its inception, Girls Write Now has been featured on the NBC Nightly News, and has even been recognized by President Obama and the White House. But perhaps Girls Write Now’s most important claim to fame is the fact that 100% of their seniors graduate and move on to college. Through Girls Write Now, they enter college with confidence, writing portfolios, and often scholarships. Their success is a testament to the power of mentorship.   

To participate as a mentee in Girls Write Now, you need to live in the NYC area. But you can still get involved in other ways too.  Here’s how!

* Get inspired! Even if you can’t directly participate as a mentee, you can find inspiration from the active Girls Write Now mentees (and mentors) on the Girls Write Now blog. You can read their reflections and experiences as they travel the path to becoming writers!

* Support the organization: You can certainly donate, or how about purchasing the latest Girls Write Now anthology? Read what your peers are writing, and support their journey and goals!

* NYC Girls—Be a Mentee! If you do live in the NYC area and if you’re a teen writer, apply for Girls Write Now! The deadline has passed for 2012-2013 applications, but you can still apply and be added to their waitlist.  OR think ahead to 2013-2014! 

Get connected!

Watch this video to see a more personal take on how Girls Write Now impacts girls and their mentors.

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