A television writer and a high school student unpack laptops at a coffee shop and debate narrative structure. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist breaks down her technique to an audience of eager young women. A high school principal invites a promising student into her office and hands her an application. A writer finally gets the cadence of her poem just right and her heart beats a little faster with pride. This is Girls Write Now.
Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls. From young women exploring writing to seasoned professionals practicing their craft every day, Girls Write Now is a community of women writers and digital media makers dedicated to providing the guidance, support, and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future.
Girls Write Now has built a record of achievement and innovation as one of the nation’s top afterschool programs, distinguished twice by the White House and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. We have been featured by The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, People Magazine, by Time Out New York as a top place to volunteer, and by Youth, I.N.C. as one of the most enterprising nonprofits improving the lives of New York City youth. In 2014, we were recognized by the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as one of New York City’s top ten nonprofits, by the New York City Council as one of the city’s top six girl-funded initiatives, and by NBCUniversal Foundation’s 21st Century Solutions with a grand prize social innovation grant. In 2015, Diane von Furstenberg named Girls Write Now founder, Maya Nussbaum, a People’s Choice Nominee.
In a world where women of color are the most underrepresented voices in media, Girls Write Now teens are 93% high need and 94% girls of color. In a country where 27% of high school students do not graduate with proficient writing skills, 100% of our seniors attend college, armed with portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a sense of confidence. Our girls have performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, published original work in Newsweek, ELLE India and our award-winning anthology, and earned hundreds of prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.