Digital Media

“I am not aware of another place that showcases digital work by young women. I think there should be more communities that promote this. It is a powerful thing to see that a woman’s voice matters too.” — Angel Pizarro, mentee


Facebooking, Tweeting, Tumbling, Pinning, Blogging: our mentees are already fluent in the digital world. Our digital media program bring writing and mentoring into the mix.


Digital Media Mentoring Program

In 2012, we launched a three-semester long pilot in which select mentor-mentee pairs participated in a series of hands-on intensives or “Studio Workshops”. In Fall 2013, we brought the program to scale, matching aspiring teen writers one-to-one with multimedia professionals and New School graduate writers and digital storytellers. Together we embark on a journey of creative workshops, public readings and showcases, opportunities for publication, and more, all to give girls the tools to advance their writing through digital media.

Learn a little more about some of our studio workshops:

  • As writers, we know that if a story is going to be good, it has to have a page-turning plot, enchanting characters, and alluring player choices. Well, the same goes for games. In Narrative Gaming, mentees and mentors used blog posts and QR codes to build narrative online games playable from any mobile device.
  • Creative Publishing turns the focus on e-publishing as mentees and mentors write, then design and publish, e-books. Using InDesign, workshop attendees play around with formatting, images, hyperlinks and typography to enhance their own original writing.
  • When our mentees watch movies, now they know about all the work that happens behind the scenes. In Fall 2014, we focused on Post Production. Mentees created cinematic masterpieces, from stop-motion movies to short documentaries!
  • Writing + Coding = Empowerment! In Spring 2015, mentees presented their work in a few different ways. Mentees created beautiful HTML pages to host their haikus. They also worked on blogs with their mentors, about any topic they wanted to share with the world.

This work is supported with leadership funding from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust, with additional support from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and The Pinkerton Foundation.