Introducing Our New Board Members!

The new year brings some new faces to Girls Write Now! We’ve added four new members to our Board of Directors, rounding out this group of incredible advocates to a total of sweet sixteen. From an intellectual property attorney and small business strategist to a veteran ABC News producer and a mentor-alumna—they all have a passion for helping


January is National Mentoring Month! Launched in 2002, it’s a time to reflect and celebrate the need for mentors, and how we can all work together to increase the number of effective mentors striving to assure positive outcomes for young people. Obviously, it’s an important and exciting month for us at Girls Write Now. We’ve

The Multi-Faceted, Slightly Amorphous Nature of Mentorship

This post was written by Shara Zaval, a mentor in the Writing and Mentoring Program. My friends and I often joke about Americans’ obsession with labeling ourselves…there’s a new Buzzfeed quiz every day that tells you which breed of dog you are and which era of clothes best fits your personality, and I personally view

Together, we’re rewriting the future

2014 was quite a year here at Girls Write Now. From honoring Gloria Steinem to presenting at the United Nations to a 100% high school graduation rate for teens in our programs (and some full-rides to Columbia!) — we witnessed our mentees claim their voices and write their futures in kaleidoscopic ways. To honor them and champion these

I Am a Story Waiting to Be Told

“I am a story waiting to be told. Memoirs waiting to be written. Patience burning of suffrage, withering of double standards, of double consciousness. I am woman.” —Carmin Wong, 2014 mentee-alum For two years at Girls Write Now, Hadia, a development writer who grew up in Pakistan, mentored Carmin, an aspiring poet and a native of Guyana.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays are right around the corner! Enjoying the season but still looking for some great gifts? We’ve rounded up some suggestions we know you can’t go wrong with, and if purchased through Amazon Smile, you’ll be supporting our programs at the very same time! GIRLS WRITE NOW SWAG! 2014 Anthology: Breaking Through: $20   “When girls write

My Mind: Infinite, Powerful

For the Digital Media Mentoring Program’s first studio workshop of the year, Girls Write Now partnered with Urban Word NYC — a fellow member of the HIVE network — to create a workshop that helped blend the worlds of video storytelling and written narrative. The workshop, “Citizen Media,” focused on how writing and other creative forms

Mentee-Mentor Relationships: A Pair’s Perspective

This post was written by mentee-mentor pair Iris Torres and Heather Kristin. Recently, the two were interviewed for NPR’s LatinoUSA, during which they shared their poetry and discussed their personal histories, as well as their paths to writing. We were excited to hear more about their mentee-mentor relationship, the things they have given each other, and their growth together as

Update: VIDA & Girls Write Now

Our partnership with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts is hitting its second phase! We launched the project at this year’s orientation and at our Celebration for International Day of the Girl, and have been continuing to analyze the data ever since. We were excited to chat with Lynn Melnick of VIDA about the ongoing project, who